ARCHITECTURE ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION DESIGN COMPETITION
STUDENT-BASED ARCHITECTURE ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION DESIGN COMPETITION
"STRENGTH TO SOAR"
An identifiable characteristic of 21st century cultures throughout the west is a focus upon achieving healthier lifestyles and higher degrees of physical fitness. Populations in the Netherlands and Europe for example have for decades encouraged the use of bicycling as transit while many cities in the United States have begun to see the merits of this form of transportation. Trends in exercise, food and dining, health and fitness, and building systems are reflecting a renewed interest and emphasis upon conscious efforts to approach our living, work and recreational environments with a greater understanding of the benefits of a healthy perspective. Certainly, recent national surveys reveal this mindset has not come about a minute too soon. The latest statistics from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition reveal the following:
The 2014 Mock Firms Competitions is seeking to identify every aspiring young designer who has the personal "Strength to Soar" in exercising leadership ability to compete and achieve. Additionally, we ask the question: "Will a project emerge with such solid core design principles that it rises above not only the a skyline but also above its contemporaries?" It is possible the next iconic skyscraper, home design or building technology resides in this upcoming group of competition participants. Could that be you?
Rooftop view of the Dallas skyline
The end of summer is never an easy reality to accept. Yet, the opportunities for new discoveries and achievements, anticipated in upcoming sessions of collaborative learning, can bring a unique excitement and level of satisfaction unparalleled among personal experiences. One such opportunity for discovery and achievement is the 2014 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Challenge and National Home Design Competition concluding May 1-2, 2014 in beautiful downtown Chicago. With the theme of "Strength to Soar," aspiring young design professionals will be challenged to produce an iconic super-tall for Seoul, South Korea (collegiate) and Dallas, Texas (high school). The programmatic target aims at design solutions for a athletic and fitness inspired vertical village and sustainable single-family residence. Finalist will share in the unique experience of interacting with leading design professionals as their ideas are evaluated by the same. The outcome of the 2013 event saw first time winners from Valencia, Spain and Grand Haven Michigan. Lemont High School and Olathe East High School in Olathe, Kansas shared high honors in National Skyscraper and Home Design categories.
This year could hold that defining moment for your academic (and maybe professional) career through the gathering of a "dream team" of skilled classmates, the submission of a ground-breaking design, and the confident pitch to some of the nation's leading architects. Why not take on the challenge as a senior project, independent study, semester assignment or studio project. Measure your progress and your abilities against many of the best in your subject, major or field of study. The ascent to the top may be the result of an ambitious path of adventure! Be apart of an elite class. Step out from the crowd. Apply online today!
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In its 6th year, the Chicago-based Mock Firms student design competitions is redefining the academic competitive model. Mock Firms aims to help facilitate the formation and function of simulated-architectural design firms by collegiate and secondary school students. The desired outcome is to foster collaborative and cooperative educational experiences which may better prepare participants for a workplace environment which values these and similar values. This competitive event continues to bring together some of the most creative and talented students and educational professionals from across the U.S. and around the world. Additionally, these aspiring design professionals are given the unique opportunity to interact with the industry's leading design\build professionals as they pitch their design concepts directly to them receiving immediate feedback and evaluation of their work.
2014 PROJECT SITE & COMMISSION
Dallas, Texas has been chosen for the location of the 2014 Mock Firms National Skyscraper Challenge. Known as the "Big D", the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex boasts a population of over 6 million with one of the largest economies in the U.S. and serves as a major hub of Fortune 500 corporations. According to Wikipedia, Dallas' skyline contains several buildings over 700 feet (210 m) in height.
Although the city has a wealth of traditional architecture, it has not lagged behind in examples of modernist and contemporary styles by some of the world's most notable designers including I.M. Pei who designed Dallas City Hall. Currently, the 72-story (921 ft) Bank of America Plaza is the tallest building in Dallas and the third tallest in the state of Texas. The title for the tallest tower in Texas resides in Houston which is the home of the JPMorgan Chase Tower standing at 1,002 feet completed in 1982.
In the area of athletic fitness and health, Dallas maintains and operates 406 parks on 21,000 acres of parkland with 61 miles if biking and jogging trails in addition to hundreds of sports & athletic fields, courts, swimming pools including six 18-hole golf courses. The need for a revival of athletic fitness and well-being in the Dallas metropolitan area is significant. IN 2013, it ranked 44th out 50 cities as the healthiest and fittest metropolitan area in the United States according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual American Fitness Index (AFI)
The amateur architects of the 2014 Mock Firms National Skyscraper Competition are being commissioned to design the world's next supertall among selected sites* in Dallas, Texas. The design program for this vertical village is to be athletic and lifestyle physical fitness. The facility should include but not be limited to condominium units tailored to athletic and\or healthy lifestyle living, commercial establishments catering to fitness-related needs (i.e. sporting goods, vitamin & supplements, gym & fitness establishments, etc.), sports medical research and offices, amateur and professional league offices, indoor training facilities for soccer, football, golf, hockey, tennis, gymnastics, etc. Specific amenities include a an outdoor pool, running areas indoors and outdoors, a velodrome, food court, personal garden space, etc.* Parking should be limited to encourage walking, biking and public transportation. In broad terms, the building should be contemporary in style and materials and look toward the future in geometry and technology. Environmental and sustainable principles and procedures should be a part of an overall system of holistic design.
*Refer to the upcoming Design Brief for specific project parameters.
THE VENUE FOR FINAL PRESENTATIONS
Chicago, Illinois will once again serve as the site of the 2014 Mock Firms Competition final presentations. The tentative location for this event is the Congress Hotel and Plaza Convention Center on beautiful and iconic Michigan Avenue. It sits across from the city's front yard - Grant Park and is but a few steps from the world renown Millennium Park. This historic facility has hosted presidents and dignitaries both famous and infamous, national and international for more than a century.
Over 30 registered student-firms
Over 90 individual participants
9 different participating states
Nearly $2,000 in prizes distributed
2013 National Champs – Studio 2102, Grand Haven H.S., Grand Haven, Michigan
2012 National Champs – InFocus, Olathe East H.S., Olathe, Kansas
2011 National Champs – DNA Residential, White Knoll H.S., Lexington, South Carolina
2010 National Champs – Synergy Associates, Appleton East H.S., Appleton Wisconsin
2009 National Champs – H.O.B. + Associates, Carbondale Comm. H.S., Carbondale, Illinois
Skyline Design, Olathe East H.S., Olathe, Kansas
STATES OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PARTICIPANTS
Arkansas New Mexico
California North Carolina
Illinois South Carolina
Michigan West Virginia
AWARDS AND PRIZES FOR 2014
Awards are $500* for Overall Mock Firms Champion (*award minimum and subject to doubled amount contingent upon final registration results)
Mock Firms competitions are open to all registered or enrolled collegiate students whether undergraduate or graduate level. Qualifying institutions do not have to be accredited "design" programs but can also include community colleges and liberal arts schools. Individuals who are currently not enrolled but are not employed or interning at a design firm and are no more than 1 year removed from their last attendance or graduation date can also qualify but should seek to retain a faculty sponsor or advisor from their affiliated school. However, faculty advisors or department personnel are not required for participation. Because Mock Firms is a wholly collaborative enterprise, entrants must register a team of no less than two (2) partners, but not more than five (5) to qualify for competition. A "firm" should consist of students from the same institution or previously enrolled at that institution at the time registration.
The basic required submissions for the competition are as follows: for a more detailed description of each item, please refer to the design brief which can be downloaded below
UPDATES AND ADDITIONS FOR 2014
Please note that the maximum exterior footprint requirement of 6000 sq ft given on page 5 in the Design Requirements section of the Design Brief should in fact be listed as square meters.
Selected Sites Are In! They are as follows:
Note: These are suggested sites. You are allowed to submit an alternate site as your primary location. Please reference Google Earth or research city or CAD maps for Dallas for more specific graphic information
1) Across from Woodall Rogers Park
across from the Park has a Chase Motor Bank; the address
2) Across from Perot
The site across from the Perot has a "Sidewalk sale" business and the address is:
1100 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
3) Next to Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Please refer to attached images
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