Poto: Type


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This competition will question the emerging typology originating in Vancouver’s downtown area: podium/tower typology.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International Architecture Idea Competition
Genre Urban
Country Canada
RegDeadline 15 Aug 2007 GoogleCal iCal
15 Aug 2007
Eligibility All

As this poto:type has become an automatic architectural response to the needs of Vancouver’s urban core, it is now being exported to other urban centers across North America and Asia. While it is true that it has been very successful at increasing density and meeting city planning goals and developers’ business plans, it has drawn little from our city’s architectural talent and arguably has achieved little in terms of architectural innovation. Furthermore, it is now being replicated to such an extent that it threatens the diversity of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, proliferating a mono-type (and mono-culture) in place of social and architectural diversity.
The intent of this Competition is to be a catalyst for critical public discourse aimed at improving Vancouver’s downtown core by generating and displaying alternative building typologies. It is a call to action, to reengage in the shaping of the city, and an opportunity for the dissemination of architectural ideas to the public.

James Cheng (MAIBC)
Patricia Patkau (MAIBC)
Brent Toderian (Director of Planning, City of Vancouver)
Dr. Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe (Head of Art History, University of British Columbia)
George Yu (AIA)

Competition Type
One-Stage, Anonymous Competition

1st place: cdn $2500
2nd place: cdn $1500
3rd place: cdn $1000
honorable mention per juror

Entry Fee
cdn$ 40

One 24”x36” panel, and CD with competition panel in jpg and pdf format and a competition statement in doc (Word) format (maximum 250 words)

Jury deliberation with professional advisor present: September 1 – 5, 2007
Exhibition of all entries at the AIBC gallery: August 22, 2007
Presentation of winning entries, public forum held at the AIBC gallery: September 6, 2007


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