Broadcast tower design resembles ribbon

The winning design for a new tower in Turkey has been revealed – and it resembles a bright orange ribbon.

The design for Çanakkale Antenna Tower was submitted by architects Inter.National.Design and Powerhouse Company.

It incorporates recreational facilities which were called for in the brief, as well as the broadcast and observation tower, which forms much of the continuous loop.

At 100 metres high, the scheme certainly stands out amongst the surrounding forest landscape and will surely be a must-see for any tourists visiting the nearby town of Çanakkale (which is close to the legendary city of Troy).

Find out more about the tower here and tell us what you think of this striking design.

The Drum launches inaugural ‘Designerati’

Marketing website The Drum has launched its first ‘Designerati’ competition, to celebrate the best in British design.

Having crowd-sourced a list of designers, The Drum is now inviting readers to choose their favourites from the top one hundred for the debut edition of ‘Designerati’.

The winner will also be celebrated at The Drum Design Awards in April.

Designers on the list include Alannah Weston, Sir James Dyson, and Paul Smith.

Find out more about ‘Designerati’ here and tell us if your favourite designer appears in the list.

Latest World Design Rankings released

World Design Rankings has released the 2013 list, which sees the United States remain at the top of the aggregated rankings.

The list ranks countries by their success in internationally juried design competitions and has been accumulating them in the current list since 2010.

It breaks down into ‘design business insights’ (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities), which reveal how countries perform in different areas of design, such as architecture, art and technology.

Arranged by the A’ Design Award & Competition, the list ranks sixty-nine countries, including this year’s newcomers Iceland and Puerto Rico. The United States tops the table with 112 awards between its designers, followed closely by Turkey (89) and Hong Kong (81). The United Kingdom is in a respectable fifth place with 55 awards.

You can see the whole table here – do you think this is a good way to represent design achievements?

BT Sport unveils ‘Name that Team’ competition

BT Sport has launched a competition that challenges sports fans to uncover 44 different sports teams hidden within visual clues in this illustration.

The competition encourages sports fans to use every grain of their sporting knowledge to unearth the different teams from the clues.

All 20 Barclays Premier League teams are hidden within the illustration – and sports fans who can find all 20 automatically get entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to a Premier League game of their choice.

So put your knowledge and skills to the test by entering this competition here, and let us know how you get on!

Win a blocky stool from sixinch

Blocky stoolWe felt this competition was too good to keep to ourselves; sixinch are offering the chance of winning one of five of its blocky stool.

The stool, which was designed by Pieter Jamart from their design team, comes in a choice of seven colours and is made from rotation moulded Pu.

To enter all you need to do is email them your name at before 30th June. Winners will be chosen at random and contacted by email.

First Skype enabled campaigned launched

CompetitionSpecsaversSpecsavers has been working with Microsoft Advertising to launch a new competition; ‘Spectacle wearer of the year’.

The competition, developed by Manning Gottlieb OMD in conjunction with DG MediaMind, uses Skype to encourage more users to submit photos of themselves wearing their spectacles via their web-cam. Using Skype to promote the competition makes sense as it is one of the biggest video calling services, and recently has been used a Microsoft as a replacement for its Messenger service.

James Hayr, head of specialist sales at Microsoft Advertising, says: “This is the first time an advertising campaign in the UK has used Skype’s video capabilities within a creative solution to bring a brand message to life. Skype’s ability to make more meaningful connections over video means that this is the only platform a campaign like this could have been executed on, outstripping the reach of its competitors.”

The campaign will run till the end of June and will be supported by digital display ads on MSN.

Expedia announces luggage tag competition

Expedia TagsExpedia facebookExpedia AppExpedia AppAfter they produced a new advertising campaign that created clever words from the IATA codes found on luggage tags, has launched a new competition on its Facebook Page.

The competition asks entrants to try and create their own slogans or phrases using over 9,500 available IATA codes, as seen in the campaign which we previously featured, in an effort to win a £2,000 Expedia holiday. Entries are made through an app on their page, where you can also view entries by others. The competition will run for four weeks, with a winner chosen at random.

The original campaign was the idea of copywriter Jon Morgan and art director Mike Watson at Ogilvy & Mather.

It is a clever way to build on what must have been a successful campaign for the company and, in turn, will increase their visibility on  Facebook as people need to ‘like’ their page before being able to enter.

Try out the app for yourself here.

Fancy a seat with some style?

Hex stool Hex stool Hex stoolCreative furniture company Sixinch is giving away their amazing Hex Stool.

It’s very easy to enter; all you need to do is email them at with your name by the 28th February, and you will be entered into a draw to win one of five of these funky bits of furniture.

Sixinch specializes in the design and manufacturing of high concept foam coated furniture and architectural products.

Find out more here.

bam! wins YAP MAXXI 2013

He conceptHe proposalHe at nightTurin-based studio bam! (bottega di architettura metropolitana) has designed the winning entry of the 2013 Young Architects Program (YAP) MAXXI in Rome.

YAP is an annual competition that supports and promotes young and emerging architects in collaboration with MAXXI Architettura, MoMA/MoMA PS1 of New York, Constructo of Santiago and, for the first time, Istanbul Modern, Turkey.

The winning design, called “He” is intended to attract and impress viewers, with its massive scale and innovative ideas. 
The project will see the MAXXI facade transformed with a giant yellow prism-shaped balloon, which will provide shelter from the sun during the daytime and light the area in the evening throughout the summer.

As well as providing shade “He” will also drip water, creating a refreshing curtain for the public trying to escape the heat, whilst in the evening it will drench the area with a warm yellow glow as it rises up to the height of the museum, acting as a lantern in the sky.

Being installed on the 20th June 2013 for the duration of the summer, “He” will then be deflated, with it’s Helium being collected and used for scientific and medical research, whilst the balloon itself will be recycled.

CAMAC’s Student Wallpaper Design Competition

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To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of AWN Pugin, a master in the use of colour, pattern and ornament and who was an ardent campaigner for the Gothic style, CAMAC Design partnered with the Fashion & Textile Museum to organise a wallpaper design competition.

Best known for his interior designs of the Palace of Westminster, Pugin was one of the first to promote the idea of ‘honesty’ and ‘propriety’ in ornament and design, enlisting ornament as a moral influence in society.

CAMAC Design has partnered with the Fashion & Textile Museum in London’s Bermondsey Village, which was founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes. The museum showcases a selection of designs from entries to the 4th Annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition during its current exhibition Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion.

A second display of students’ work is also on show at Ramsgate Library in Kent until 20th August. Ramsgate is where Pugin designed and built The Grange, his family home, and also nearby St Augustine’s church.

The full exhibition will be held in London from 14th – 20th September, forming part of the 10th London Design Festival. Set up to build links between new designers entering the creative industries and the professionals already in it, CAMAC Design is a new company founded by Caroline McNamara, an experienced event and exhibition organiser, and Vice Chair of TEXERE, Textile Education and Research in Europe.

For more information please click here.

Photographs of Power celebrated at Prix Pictet

PowerPower ArlesThe Rencontres d’Arles festival has announced the shortlist for the fourth Prix Pictet with the subject of Power. There are 12 shortlisted photographers from ten countries that present a wide range of unique perspectives.

From the veteran lenses of Joel Sternfeld, whose images capture “moments of horror” on the faces of attendees to the 11 United Nations Conference on Climate Change as they hear about ecological collapse, to Robert Adams – the oldest nominee – whose documentations of deforestation in the American Northwest are as terrible as they are moving.

Se more of these fantastic images here.

RIBA hunts for unique pews and perches

RIBA has launched a competition inviting architecture students, recent graduates and emerging practices from across London to come up with unique ideas for public seating in association with London’s Pleasure Gardens.

The winners of Pews & Perches will receive funding to build their designs which will be showcased around the Royal Docks in East London in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The deadline for submissions is 30 January 2012.

Click here for more details


Young Designers Competition – Conceptual Experiential Structure

To tie in with their arrival to the North West and to build on their continued support of Salford University, Whitecircle are announcing a student design competition. More information about the will be posted on Whitecircle’s Facebook and Twitter pages in the coming weeks.  

To find about other projects Whitecircle are involved in or to learn more about their solutions, services and exhibitions visit  


IFAC 2012 – The International Festival of Art & Construction

IFAC (International Festival of Art & Construction) is organizing the festival of art and construction IFAC 2012 for next summer in Spain.

Here’s some information as to what the IFAC is all about:

- It is an initiative of the nonprofit association “self-sufficent movement” which seeks to promote the philosophy of self-sufficiency in society, invest aggressive consumer trends, encourage and disseminate self-sufficient practices, investigate and explore ways to self-sufficiency.

- I.F.A.C. is a project focused on 200 young artists and architects from across Europe to live together 10 days in a space of creation and integration of different arts, the result will be creations , publishing, construction and various designs in any field of art.

- I.F.A.C. will be located in a rural setting, to provide a fun work environment where a festive atmosphere will be the framework for debates and discussions about contemporary concerns.

IFAC is developing a preliminary contest in order to select and reward the future Tutors of the IFAC Workshop, the competition seeks a diversity and richness of workshops, to express and work around current issues in art and construction. Registration is free, you may submit projects to the workshop on 5th December 2011.

The awards are 10 prizes of € 100 for each workshop or the chance to lead your project and be published or the free assistance of a tutor to I.F.A.C.

Visit for more information on how to enter or go to plusmood to read the full article. 


Heineken asks young designers for nightclub of the future

What will the nightclub of the future look like? That’s the question posed by Dutch beer company Heineken, which has selected 19 of the world’s most promising young designers and briefed them to come up with their dream club, the best of which will go on show as a ‘pop-up’ nightclub at next years Milan Furniture Fair.

Launched earlier this year, Heineken Open Design Explorations Edition 1: The Club auditioned hundreds of promising designers, eventually selecting the best 19 from four countries – Japan, Brazil, USA and Italy. The chosen designers have now been put into groups, each of which will a present a design for a new nightclub concept.

The nineteen selected designers, who come from motion deign, graphic design, product design and interior design backgrounds, all demonstrated a love of nightlife and an exceptional level of creativity. Yukihiro Shoda, a motion designer from Tokyo, shared his enthusiasm at being selected saying, ‘The project has given me an exciting opportunity to work with designers from across the world and from other disciplines. The collaboration element will allow each of us to really explore our potential, and the input from consumers is something that will help inspire me to push my ideas to new levels.’ Graphic designer Sandra Garcia Pagola from of New York City said, ‘To present the conclusions of our journey during Milan’s famous design week is an unbelievable opportunity for any designer. I feel really lucky that Heineken has created this opportunity and selected me alongside the other designers to showcase our work on such a revered global stage.’

To follow the designers and read the full article visit The Interior Design Blog


Inftatable Mobile Architecture Competition PFFF

CityVision has collaborate with FARM to announce a new international competition called PFFF. This is an architecture competition focused upon the design and realization of an inflatable mobile pavilion to embody the spirit of the FARM project.

The pavilion will be used many times and it will have to be easily transportable and installable in squares, parks, meeting places of different cities and FARM Cultural Camp tour’s stops. 

Find out more on Arch Daily

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LOFT 2011 – London’s Vertical Farming Competition

As citizens of a metropolis, Londoners feel everyday what population growth and urban centralisation mean. Two problems are the increased demand for real estate and for food. Looking for a possible solution, AWR organizes LOFT – an international architecture competition for the design of a new skyscraper on the Thames waterfront, a vertical farm. This means cultivating agriculture products in a vertical, energy self-sufficient structured inside our metropolitan. The concept was developed in 2000 by Dickson Despommier, in collaboration with various architecture firms.

LOFT requires the design of a vertical farm with residential use. As advanced as it sounds, the benefits of such a structure range from the continuous supply of agricultural products to the reduction of cultivated land,  generating its own energy and contributing to the ecosystem’s balance. The new tower would be inserted in the City’s skyline, an extremely strategic site for public transportation and a strong demand for housing. The competition represents a chance to build a real vertical city, which may well include a plaza, shopping areas, and restaurants. Early registration begins in May 2011 and the winners will be announced in September, after the summer.

Click here to read more.


The iPad 2: More to it, less of it

‘There’s even more to it. And even less of it’ appears to be the tagline for the new iPad2.

This new version is faster, 33 per cent thinner, and “up to” 15 per cent lighter than the original iPad, while boasting the same 9.7-inch LCD screen. Steve Jobs believes Apple to be ore on top of their game than ever before claiming ‘While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.” Will this bold statement be proved correct in sale numbers? Let’s watch this space.

If you haven’t yet had a look at Apple’s latest venture then click here to formulate your own first opinion.



Henning Larsen Architects win prize for Pebbles Design

Henning Larsen Architects has won first prize for its significant design concept for a new aquarium in the Georgian seaport of Batumi. They commnet, ‘The 2,000 m2 aquarium will replace the previous aquarium of the port and will be situated on the beach side of Rustaveli Str. adjacent to Batumi 6 May Park featuring a Dolphinarium and Zoo.

Inspired by the characteristic pebbles of the Batumi beach, continually shaped by the wash of the waves through millennia, the building stands out as an iconic rock formation visible from both land and sea. The formation constitutes four self-supporting exhibition areas where each of the four stones represents a unique marine biotype – the Aegean Sea & the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea & the Red Sea and finally the more interactive exhibition space for teaching and “edutainment”.’

Read more here

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