Friday, February 17, 2012
The 2011-2012 Steel Design Student Competition
Deadline for Submission: 24, May
INTRODUCTIONThe Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the twelfth annual steel design student competition for the 2011-2012 academic year. Administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Steel must be used as the primary structural material and contain at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design.
THE CHALLENGEThe 2011-2012 Steel Design Student Competition will offer architecture students the opportunity to compete in two separate categories.
Category I CULINARY ARTS COLLEGE challenges architecture students to design a Culinary Arts College in an urban setting. Steel construction offers students great benefits in this endeavor, as it is ideal for covering long-spans without sacrificing flexibility and aesthetic lightness, multi-story buildings, quick delivery and assembly in congested urban environments.
Category II OPEN submission design option will permit the greatest amount of flexibility for any building type.
CRITERIA FOR JUDGINGCriteria for the judging of submissions will include: steel as the primary structural material, at least one space that requires long-span steel structure, creative and innovative use of structural steel in the design solution, successful response of the design to its surrounding context, and successful response to basic architectural concepts such as human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary.
Steel should be used as the primary structural material with special emphasis placed on innovation in steel design. Structural steel offers a number of strengths in building design including high resiliency and performance under harsh and difficult conditions, (e.g., earthquakes and hurricanes) and offers the ability to span great distances with slenderness and grace. Steel can be shaped to achieve curved forms and can be erected quickly to meet tough construction schedules under almost any weather condition. Steel can be easily modified to satisfy the life cycle of a building including changing occupant requirements. Steel is the most recycled material in the world. Today structural steel is 97% recycled with the primary source of material being automobiles. It is the environmentally sound choice for a building material. Architects have praised the natural beauty of steel and are excited about exposing it in the design of their structures to emphasize grace, slenderness, strength and transparency of frame.
Membership to AISC is free to university faculty and full time students and AISC membership provides valuable benefits.