International Contest Brings Future of Architecture to Life

June 10, 2009

HP, the world’s largest technology company, along with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC), announced a global architectural design contest aimed at emerging and professional architects and designers.

Under the theme of “Self-Sufficient Cities,” the third annual Intl. Architecture Contest emphasizes the importance of innovation for future environments. A jury of prominent leaders throughout the globe, including representatives of world cities, architecture schools, top architects, and engineers, in addition to jurors from HP and IaaC, will look for compelling innovations that reflect the ecological and technological needs of our future.

“We’re pleased to collaborate with the IaaC through this contest and allow architects, urbanists, and designers from around the world the chance to express their passion and bring sustainable development to the forefront,” says Kelly Tan, vice president of marketing, Graphics Solutions Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.

To the contest winners, HP will provide the HP Designjet T Series printers to produce high-quality renderings and plans, essential to gain new customers and direct construction contractors. In addition, HP will involve its extensive network of print service providers to assist participants with design development. Two grand prize winners will receive scholarships for a 1-year Master’s program in Advanced Architecture offered by IaaC. In addition, the winners also receive a cash award.

From May 25 to Sept. 28, participants will be able to submit their “Self-Sufficient Cities” designs for Barcelona and cities throughout the world via IaaC’s website: The three finalists and overall winner will be announced in November 2010.

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