Design an elegant steel structure for an amphitheatre stage in Canada
Students in Canadian Schools of Architecture are invited to submit a design proposal for an outdoor amphitheatre with a seating area and stage covered with an elegant structural steel canopy. The seating typology and capacity and the site are left at the student’s discretion but must be located within Canada. An existing amphitheatre site may be selected where the challenge is to propose a new stage and canopy.
Examples of outdoor performance spaces can be found in Canada, but most do not feature a distinctive steel structure above their stage to support props and create a frame around the performers. The challenge of this CISC competition is to design a remarkable structural steel volume above the performance space that will be functional as well as aesthetic to create an architectural landmark for the venue’s identity.
|1st Prize – Award of Excellence||student team (1) $8,000|
faculty sponsor $2,000
|2nd Prize||student team (1) $4,000|
faculty sponsor $1,000
|3rd Prize||student team (1) $2,000|
faculty sponsor $500
Scoring and judging will be based on the following criteria:
• Aesthetics and ingenuity
• Incorporation of competition theme
• Use of structural steel
• Buildability (specification of steel sizes and shapes)
• AESS finish
Proposals must exclusively use steel in the design of the structure and for surfaces where appropriate. The design must demonstrate an understanding of the properties and possibilities steel has to offer.
The competition theme requires students to:
• elaborate a structural frame with steel elements
• design buildable connections
• collaborate with a steel fabricator to choose the steel members and their connections
Students and faculty sponsors are encouraged to seek advice and guidance from a local steel fabricator to help chose the right steel sections and elaborate the design. CISC can suggest on request names of steel fabricators.
Each student team should register and identify a primary contact for the team. A faculty professor that endorsed the individual or team must be provided. Teams that include students in engineering are encouraged to participate.
The competition may be conducted as part of a design studio project under the direction of the faculty sponsor or as an independent extracurricular self-directed project. In all cases, winning entries and their faculty sponsor will receive the stipulated prize.
To register, go to the CISC website (https://www.cisc-icca.ca/architectural-student-design-competition/) and select Registration. Create an account, complete and submit the registration form. Registration allows students to receive Q&A and be informed of latest competition updates.
To submit your proposal, click on the link received in your registration confirmation email or go to the CISC website (https://www.cisc-icca.ca/architectural-student-design-competition/) and select Submission. Simply log into your account and attach a single project file in PDF format.
Submission site opens on May 1, 2023.
All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., ET on May 12, 2023.
|June 27, 2022||Competition announced|
|April 3, 2023||Registration deadline|
|May 12, 2023||Submission deadline|
|June 26, 2023||Announcement of winners|
|June 28, 2023||Publication of winning entries|
|September 2023||Award of Excellence presented at a virtual presentation|
|September 2023 and on||Touring exhibition of finalists at region events across Canada|