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| Registration Requirements |
Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of professional status, job, sex, race, age or nationality. Entrants do not need to be licensed architects to participate and will be paired with a licensed architect if their designs are selected for construction. Designs may be submitted by an individual or by a team. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, or the number of teams with which an individual may participate.
Entrants must register to participate in the Open Architecture Challenge. Only registered entrants will have access to the competition criteria, design brief and other background information.
Please note: Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee and must meet the requirements for submission outlined below.
How to Register
In order to register for the competition, entrants must first join the Open Architecture Network at http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org.
The deadline for competition registration is April 17, 2010 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The cost of registering is $20 per entry and will be split benefit The San Onofre Foundation, The Surfrider Foundation, and Architecture for Humanity. The registration fee may be waived in certain cases (see "Registration Fees" below).
Once payment has been received, entrants will be redirected to the competition page on the Open Architecture Network. There they will have access to the competition criteria, design brief and other background information. They will also receive a confirmation email which will include their Entrant ID Number and a link to their entry page on the Open Architecture Network.
One registered user must start the project and invite other team members. This individual is considered the Team Lead and will be the contact between designers and competition administrators for the purposes of communication. Please be certain to keep contact information for all team members current on the Open Architecture Network. You’d want to know if you won, right?
Students and faculty are invited to work together and submit entries as a team or individually. For jurying purposes, each design is considered as a separate entry and a separate fee must be paid for each entry. Multiple designs will not be considered as a single entry.
Student work is juried alongside that of professionals, and jury members will not be advised of the difference. In the past, students have won competitions hosted on the Open Architecture Network by Architecture for Humanity. Student entrants must be willing to partner with a licensed architect if their design is selected for construction.
Please contact us, if you plan to pay multiple entry fees together. The registration system only supports one payment at a time.
$20: Registration Deadline is April 17, 2010.
Online payments of the registration fees are accepted via PayPal, and the link can be found during your online registration process.
PayPal is the preferred method of payment. Receipts will be sent by email directly from PayPal to entrants. If you cannot use PayPal, please contact us.
You may mail a check or money order, but using these payment methods may cause a delay in registration. Payments by check or money order must be received on or before the registration deadline.
Checks or money orders should be made payable to:
Architecture for Humanity
(Please note Lower Trestles Competition on the check)
848 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94107 USA
Please contact the competition team if you are unable to pay the registration fee due to financial hardship.
| Schedule |
Phase 1: Conceptual Design
February 17, 2010: Competition Opens
April 17, 2010: Deadline for Registration
April 17, 2010: Deadline for Submission
April 19 – May 06, 2010: Jury Review
May 08, 2010: Winners Announced at the 6.0 Lowers Pro Event!
Phase 2: Schematic Design
May 10, 2010: Schematic Design Competition Begins
August 02, 2010: Phase 1 Finalists Displayed at the US Open of Surfing Event
August 17, 2010: Phase 2 Submission Deadline
August 23 – August 31, 2010: Jury Review
September 12, 2010: Phase 2 Winners Announced at WCT Hurley Pro Event!
| Submission Requirements |
The period for work submission is February 17, 2010 – April 17, 2010
Competition entrants must be members of the Open Architecture Network and register to enter the competition. Projects must be posted on the Open Architecture Network by April 17, 2010 at 11:59pm (PDT).
The submission should be original in content.
All entries must be submitted without identifying marks, including logos, text, insignia, or images on the display surface that could be used to identify the submission’s authors.
All digital files must be submitted to the “Files” tab of competition entries on the Open Architecture Network. All file names should include the Challenge Entry ID Number assigned during registration (e.g., 0000_presentationboard.pdf). Please contact us immediately if you are having trouble uploading your files.
Image format: All Required image files must be 3000 pixels x 2000 pixels (15in x 10in @ 200 DPI) in JPEG, PNG or GIF format. And the presentation board should be Landscape Format at 24in x 36in at a minimum of 200dpi.
Units: All dimensions, though not required, should be in feet and inches.
- Project Description Text (REQUIRED)
All text on the entry must be included in the text field on the entry page and in a text file uploaded to the files tab. Project administrators can add or change this text by clicking the edit button in the top left corner of the page. This should be a full description of your proposed design.
The files should be named/saved as entrant ID number_01_textdescription.doc
- Presentation Board @ 24"x36" Landscape format(REQUIRED)
The presentation board should clearly display the entrant's approach.
The organizers will use this image as the primary board to display in exhibitions, publications and in community meeting in the field. This board MUST be the first image to appear in the slideshow.
The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_02_presentation.pdf
- Plan(s) (REQUIRED)
Plans do not have to be to scale but should accurately portray your proposal.
The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_03_plan_01.jpg. If you would like to include multiple plans, please include and indicate as such.
(i.e. entrant ID number_03_plan_01.jpg; entrant ID number_03_plan_02.jpg).
- Site Plan (REQUIRED)
Site plans do not have to be to scale but should accurately portray your proposal.
The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_04_siteplan_01.jpg
- Site Section(s) (REQUIRED)
The site section does not have to be to scale but should accurately portray section(s) through your proposal and illustrate intended circulation patterns.
The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_05_sitesection.jpg
If you would like to include multiple sections, please include and indicate as such.
(i.e. entrant ID number_05_sitesection_01.jpg; entrant ID number_05_sitesection_02.jpg)
- CAD file (RECOMMENDED)
You can do either a 2D or 3D CAD file. If you are creating a two-dimensional drawing please include plans and elevations in the file. You and other users of the Open Architecture Network are able to view and comment on .DXF files inline using AutoDesk Freewheel.
Format: .DWG, .DXF or .SKP
The file should be named/saved as: entrant ID number__06_CAD.dwg/.dxf/.skp
- Additional Rendering and Supplemental Images (OPTIONAL)
Entrants are invited to submit supplemental files. There is no restriction on the style or content of supplemental images. For example, applicants may scan photos of a model, hand-drawn sketches, ink drawings, 3D computer graphic renderings, or web animations. There is no restriction on the style or content of documentation. Supplemental files must be uploaded to your project page on the Open Architecture Network. You may submit images, text, video files, renderings, or any other file type supported by the Open Architecture Network.
The file(s) should be named/saved as: entrant ID number_07_supplementalimage_01;
entrant ID number_07_supplementalimage_02; etc.
File List Synopsis
entrant ID number_01_textdescription.doc
entrant ID number_02_mainboard.pdf
entrant ID number_03_plan_01.jpg
entrant ID number_04_siteplan_01.jpg
entrant ID number_05_sitesection.jpg
entrant ID number__06_CAD.dwg/.dxf/.skp
entrant ID number_07_supplementalimage_01
How to Submit
Once you have gathered the required text and image files and uploaded them to the Open Architecture Network, you may make Edits and changes until the Submission Deadline.
Starting April 19, 2010 jury members will review submissions. Entrants will NOT be allowed to edit any project details or files after the submission deadline. Editing may resume after the competition is complete and a winning design has been selected. If we have any trouble reading or opening your entry, competition organizers will notify you.
| Prizes |
The jury will select 4-5 winners and honorable mention citations from the Phase 1 portion of the competition. We will award prizes for Most Innovative, Most Environmentally Sensitive, and Best Educational Component. This first-phase jury will take place during the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro at Trestles in May 2010, and People’s Choice Awards for amateur and professional teams will also be presented then. Honorable Mention citations may not include a prize.
Phase-two finalists will each receive $5,000 stipends to work with local stakeholders to develop their ideas before submitting revised designs for a final jury that will take place during the Hurley Pro at the Lower Trestles surfing event in September. The winning design will require further review and collaboration with the local community, Navy, Marines, transit district, and local and state agencies. It is our hope that the selected plan will provide a vision for the future of Trestles.
This is an ideas competition. The Phase-two winner will be awarded a design contract for Safe Trestles. Architecture for Humanity and Nike 6.0 have no intention to award construction contracts as a result of this competition. Winners should consider their award strictly as recognition of excellent work in this competition.
A large selection of the competition entries, including all of the award winners, will be exhibited at the US Open of Surfing in August 2010. All entries will be available on the Open Architecture Network for viewing (see Exhibition and Publication).
| Rules |
The purpose of the Lower Trestles Challenge is to engage designers in a conceptual and schematic design process that seeks to solve the physical problems of the site while visualizing a solution that is both functional and engaging. The design should serve both surfers and visitors to the area, restore and protect the coastal environment that has been damaged by foot traffic, provide view points and educational opportunities related to the past and present conditions as wells as the future potentials of the site.
To that end, we ask that all entrants read and agree to the rules before entering the competition. In submitting an entry to the Lower Trestles Challenge, all participants agree to comply with the rules and terms of entry below.
The Lower Trestles Challenge is an open, international competition. Employees and family members of employees of Architecture for Humanity are precluded from participating in the competition, but there are no other restrictions on who can enter. Architects, design professionals, non-professionals, professionals in other fields and students of all ages are encouraged to participate.
In order to enter the competition, entrants must register for the Open Architecture Network. Participants may participate in multiple teams. For jurying purposes, each design is considered as a separate entry. Multiple designs will not be considered as a single entry.
Entrants are invited to develop their design throughout the submission period. Once the submission period has ended they will not be permitted to make changes to their entry until the jurying has concluded at which time entrants will regain access to their project and may continue to develop their design. Entries that are late, illegible, incomplete, misdirected or incompletely received will not be eligible.
The period of submission for the Lower Trestles Challenge is February 17 to April 17, 2010. The registration deadline is April 17, 2010. The competition organizers reserve the right to delay or extend the period of submission.
All files uploaded must be submitted without any markings that will identify team members in order to facilitate fair jurying of the competition. Files submitted for consideration should not include title blocks or any other identifying information. Failure to comply with this rule will lead to disqualification.
This does not apply to the Project Details or "Edit Settings" area of each entry, which must be completed in full and must include the names and roles of all team members. Please note: Information entered in the Project Details or Project Settings area will be used to give proper credit to design team members.
Entrants shall own all design concepts, drawings, images, renderings, sketches, photographs, models, and/or text, documents, information or other materials submitted in association with the competition provided. However, the entrant hereby grants Nike Social Responsibility free, unrestricted use of the submission materials in fulfillment of charitable purposes, including annual reports, websites and in communications with volunteers, funders and the media and all other purposes specified in these Rules.
Notwithstanding AFH’s and Nike SR’s rights as Licensors, competition entrants shall retain full rights to use the documents in other projects for commercial and for-profit purposes.
By entering this competition entrants warrant that all materials submitted by them are their own, that nothing in the submission of these materials will infringe the copyright or any other right of any person and that they have full authority to submit the materials for such purposes.
The results of the competition may be presented online, in galleries or other venues, or in a printed publication and all entries will be available to be viewed on the Open Architecture Network. Selected and Finalist entrants may be asked to build scale models representing their design and provide printed presentation boards for exhibition purposes.
In any exhibition, publication, or website, the organizers will make every effort to properly credit the appropriate competitors. Architecture for Humanity and its designees reserve the right to utilize materials submitted by entrants in any publication or promotional endeavor in perpetuity and free of charge (See Ownership & Copyright).
The jury has the sole authority and responsibility to recommend winners at the end of the competition. The organizers reserve the right to make a final decision regarding the winning scheme and any funding that may be made available for the development or implementation of designs entered into the competition. The competition administrators decisions in connection with all matters concerning the competition shall be final and binding.
By entering the competition, all entrants and team members agree to indemnify, defend and hold Architecture for Humanity including its chartered units, and its governors, directors, officers, employees, agents, partners, funders, sponsors and volunteers from and against any and all suits, claims, demands, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating in any way to services it provides in connection with this agreement.
If you have any questions about the rules stipulated above, please do not hesitate to contact us.