|ASLA’s Opportunities and Events page provides users with the latest information on everything from conferences and meetings to calls for papers, requests for qualifications, consulting opportunities, and competitions. Below, a residential challenge.
Slant, based in Europe, has launched its second international competition. This time the competition is open to all, and the challenge is to design a garden for a private residence. Once again the key feature of this competition is that the project in question is a “virtual project,” one that has been created specifically for this competition.
You are being presented with a fixed house plan located on a clearly defined plot, but apart from that you will be free to decide everything else. For example you can choose the global location of this virtual garden and after that you can choose its setting. Some may prefer an urban setting, while others may choose a rural location. Your garden could be in a city center, in a leafy suburb, on a mountain, by the sea, in the desert etc. -- you get to choose. Your project may have views to the surrounding land/cityscape that you may wish to exploit, of perhaps you want to turn the focus inwards and make the garden a self-contained landscape.
The plan of the house cannot be altered in any way. Similarly the boundaries to the garden are also fixed and cannot be altered. However you are free, should you so choose, to suggest what the elevations of house will look like, and you will also be welcome to determine the site contours and its orientation.
Requirements include a minimum of just one drawing that will show your overall design plan, but you can submit further drawings and graphics in support of your design. Your submission needs to show your unique registration number and you can obtain this number, without commitment, by registering your interest. You can enter as often as you like, either as an individual, or in a team of two, three, or four. Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee, which starts at €30 for an individual entry. You have until September 16, 2011, to make your final submission, and a cash prize of €2,000 will be awarded to the best entry.