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A new design competition seeks proposals to overhaul a 1970s government office complex in Seoul's Gangseo district (details below). Photo: hongmyeon/Pixabay.

A new design competition seeks proposals to overhaul a 1970s government office complex in Seoul’s Gangseo district (details below). Photo: hongmyeon/Pixabay.


For this week’s curated picks of architecture and design competitions listed on Bustler, we have compiled four new challenges inviting observations of urban biodiversity, innovative bathroom solutions, redesign ideas for an aging government building in Seoul’s Gangseo district, and development concepts for a riverside area in the Russian city of Kazan.

For the complete directory of newly listed competitions click here.




City Nature Challenge 2021
Registration Deadline: Friday, Apr 30, 2021
Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 3, 2021

“Started in 2016 as a competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the City Nature Challenge (CNC) has grown into an international event, motivating people around the world to find and document wildlife in their cities. Run by the Community Science teams at the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the CNC is an annual four-day global bioblitz at the end of April, where cities are in a collaboration-meets-friendly-competition to see not only what can be accomplished when we all work toward a common goal, but also which city can gather the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the event.”


jumpthegap® Roca International Design Competition
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021
Submission Deadline: Thursday, Jun 3, 2021

“The bathroom, in the broadest sense, becomes the centralizing space for different human uses and needs, both physical and emotional, which define us and position us in the world. In this sense, we ask participants to design a product or service that: responds to any of the topics listed in the categories below, providing enough added value when compared with existing solutions; relies on currently available materials and technologies; is aligned with one or more Sustainable Development Goals included in the 2030 agenda […] The contest is open to professionals and students from
the disciplines of architecture, design and any related field, of legal age
from every country.”


International Competition for the New Gangseo-gu Government Office Complex
Registration Deadline: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Submission Deadline: Monday, Jul 19, 2021

“The current government office building of Gangseo-gu was established in 1977 and the facilities have deteriorated somewhat over the past 40 historical years. Also, it was inevitable to separate the space into 9 facilities due to the narrow area which led to a lack of connectivity and efficiency of work. Thus, demand increased to establish a new government office complex that allows integrated administrative services and includes an open space for residents. As we head towards 50 years of establishment, Gangseo-gu now prepares for the next 50 years through the new government office and the symbolic significance that is necessary when preparing for a future city.”


International architectural competition for the best development concept for the area on the right bank of the Kazanka River, Kazan, Russia
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021
Submission Deadline: Thursday, Jun 24, 2021

“The Competition subject consists in elaborating an architectural concept for development of the area confined by Sibgat Khakim St., the Riviera Hotel Complex, the water of the Kazanka River and the park. The architectural concept shall include: preliminary master plan of the Designed Area with all its functional areas (zones), infrastructure and capital construction object; and general city-planning, layout, transport, space-planning, architectural, landscaping, engineering and other solutions.”

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