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2006 International Bamboo Building Design Competition
An Architecture Design Competition for Structural Bamboo Buildings
Registration deadline December 31, 2006
MAKAWAO HAWAII – January 30, 2006. Bamboo Technologies of Maui has launched the first International Design Competition for Structural Bamboo Buildings. Some of the winning entries will be chosen for manufacture by the world’s premier builder of international building code approved bamboo homes.

The competition is open to architects, builders, designers and students anywhere in the world. Registration is online at, the official website with all competition details and guidelines. Registration deadline December 31, 2006. Submission deadline January 15, 2007. Winners
announced March 15, 2007.

This competition has been created to develop new award winning designs for bamboo buildings, raise awareness of the use of certified structural bamboo for building code approved structures, and introduce architects, designers and builders to working with bamboo as a structural material.

There are design categories for different types of bamboo buildings, and winners will be chosen in each design category, such as family housing, urban buildings, emergency shelters, commercial buildings and even tree houses.

Competition sponsors include Bamboo Technologies, INBAR (International Network of Bamboo and Rattan) and the International Bamboo Foundation. Juries of architects, experts and notable people are being selected for relevant categories.

Awards are $5000 for overall first prize, $3000 for second and $2000 for third.
Winning designs have the opportunity to be commercially built by Bamboo Technologies, with royalties paid to the designer. Awards include inclusion in a planned book on bamboo buildings and free stay in a bamboo house on Maui.

Bamboo is the next green building evolution, and it’s heading your way from Maui, Hawaii. This giant grass is a renewable, restorative and versatile building material. Structural bamboo has been certified for international
building codes – the first time bamboo has ever been code certified.

Now this certified structural bamboo material is available for use by architects and engineers throughout the world. The competition encourages architects to apply their creativity to design new buildings with this ancient building material.

Further information available at:

2006 International Bamboo Building Design Competition

New Competition Extends the Global Search for More Efficient and Effective Housing Solutions

Living Steel Launches Second International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing

Brussels, Belgium 2 October 2006: Living Steel, a worldwide programme to stimulate innovation in the design and construction of housing, today announced its second International Architecture Competition focused on the development of sustainable housing.  Architects from around the world are invited to accept the challenge of developing new urban housing by expressing their interest to participate in the competition.

With a total prize fund of €300,000, the competition is one of the largest architectural design initiatives in the world. Competition finalists will be invited to design new concepts for residential buildings in Brazil, China and the United Kingdom. The winning submission for each location will receive a €50,000 prize and a contract to complete their designs.  The remaining short listed finalists will each receive a €10,000 honorarium.

Speaking about the initiative on World Architecture Day, Scott Chubbs, Living Steel Programme Director said, "The growth of cities has placed unprecedented pressure on society to rapidly address increasing population densities and the consequent impact on local environments, economies and quality of life. In this context, the Living Steel competition presents architects with a unique opportunity to bring their vision for effective and affordable housing to life".

He continued, "We want this competition to inspire architects to adopt a fresh and innovative approach to the use of steel in design, construction, building use and its eventual re-use.” 

Earlier this year, two architecture firms were successful in the first Living Steel competition to construct housing designs in very different parts of the world. UK based firm, Piercy Conner Architects and Designers, and Dutch company, architectenbureau cepezed, are now working in Kolkata, India and Warsaw, Poland, respectively.

“For competition entrants, this initiative presents an important opportunity to showcase innovative thinking in the context of sustainable development", said jury chairman Glenn Murcutt.

Mr Murcutt is joined on the jury by Charles Correa, Jamie Lerner, Andrew Ogorzalek, James Berry and Nicholas de Monchaux.

The Living Steel International Architecture Competition meets the criteria of the International Union of Architects and complies with architectural competition standards adopted by UNESCO.

Architects may submit their expressions of interest through the Living Steel website until 12 January 2007. Architectural firms of all sizes, scope and geographic locations are encouraged to apply.  Further competition details are available on the Living Steel website at

New Competition Extends the Global Search for More Efficient and Effective Housing Solutions
Living Steel Launches Second International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing
Registration deadline 12 January 2007