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“Textile Structures for New Building” Contest

In 2019, Techtextil – International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens is organizing the 15th 'Textile Structures for New Building' contest. Messe Frankfurt cordially invite all students and young professionals (born after 1 March 1990) of architecture and civil engineering, product design, or any other relevant subjects, to apply.


Benefits for Winners
Participation in the 'Textile Structures for New Building' contest presented by Techtextil 2019 offers you a number of opportunities.


Winner benefits will include

  • presenting your project to about 41,000 visitors from 104 countries in the special contest area at Techtextil 2019 in Frankfurt;
  • attending Techtextil 2019 in Frankfurt including overnight accommodation;
  • an invitation to the award ceremony during Techtextil 2019;
  • winning one of the cash prizes from the total pay-out of € 8,000;
  • establishing contacts within the technical-textiles industry as well as broad section of the building industry; and
  • speaking with representatives of trade media from around the world.


The Contest
In 2019, Techtextil – International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens is organizing the 15th 'Textile Structures for New Building' contest. As in the years before the international association TensiNet is supporting the contest as a sponsor with prize money amounting to € 8,000. Furthermore the contest will be medially accompanied and supported by our media partner Architonic.

 

Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek, director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart, will be responsible for the professional and technical supervision of the competition.

 

We cordially invite all students and young professionals (born after 1 March 1990) of architecture and civil engineering, product design, or any other relevant subjects, to apply.

 

This competition is designed to identify innovative thinking and innovative solutions to problems, featuring construction projects capable of concrete realisation which use textiles or textile reinforced materials. A further aim is to encourage students and new entrants to the professions. The competition is further intended to strengthen contacts between the younger generation, the universities, the technical-textiles industry and broad sections of the building industry.

 

We look forward to a large turnout of students and young professionals who wish to master this fascinating challenge!


Assignment
The assignment for students and young professionals participating in the ‘Textiles Structures for New Building 2019’ contest which will be presented at Techtextil 2019 is to create solutions in the following areas of textile building.

  • Industrial and structural engineering – from components using textile-reinforced concrete or plastics to construction using membranes for permanent and temporary, adaptable and mobile buildings
  • Interior construction – including such developments as the use of polymer fibre-optic cables for light transmission, textile air-channel systems for draught-free air conditioning in rooms, movable sound-insulation walls in production facilities, etc.
  • Product design for architecture
  • An additional focal theme has also been included: 'Suitability for re-use and recycling'
  • Urban Living – City of the future: Cities are the living space of the future. Radical thinkers as well as trend and textile experts have looked into the interfaces at which technology and textiles will grow together in future to enhance the quality of urban life. How will technical textiles shape architecture in the future?

 

The subject of the project submitted is a free choice.

 

The deadline for uploading your contact data and project details online at www.techtextil-student.com is 24 February 2019. Every project eligible to participate in the contest will be allocated a project number and log-in data to use in later steps.

 

An international, independent jury will review all entries and select the winners of the contest. The uploaded documents will be the basis on which the independent jury will select the winning projects to be presented to the public during Techtextil from 14 to 17 May 2019 in Frankfurt.

 

When selecting entries, the jury mainly will take into account these criteria:

  • Feasibility and practicability
  • Use of textile and innovative materials
  • Level of innovation
  • Aesthetics / Design approach
  • Ecological quality / Resource efficiency (e.g. energy efficiency) / Recyclability
  • Functionality
  • Economic quality (cost minimization / time and process optimization)

 

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH will notify you of whether your project has been selected by the jury presumably in March 2019. The award winning projects will be exhibited and win one of the cash prizes from the total pay-out of € 8,000, sponsored by TensiNet.


Participation
You can register to participate in the ‘Textile Structures for New Building’ contest and upload your project details at www.techtextil-student.com until 24 February 2019. Please remember to fill out all the mandatory fields in the online form and upload at least the required documents. Information on the contest documents can be found on the next page.


Following your successful registration for the ‘Textile Structures for New Building’ contest presented by Techtextil 2019 and TensiNet, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH will verify the data submitted online.


Evaluation and selection
In March 2019, our jury of experts will select the winning projects to be exhibited in Frankfurt from 14 to 17 May 2019 from among the eligible projects. The selected winning projects will be presented within a special exhibition area at Techtextil 2019.


The jury
An independent, international jury will choose the winners out of all registered projects. The jury judging the ‘Textiles Structures for New Building’ contest will include well known representatives from the universities, eminent architects (textiles building) and engineers. A representative from
TensiNet will serve on the jury on behalf of the organisers.

 

The chairman of the jury will be Prof. Dr. Dr. E.h. Dr. h.c. Werner Sobek.


The Prizes
A prize money of € 8,000 for the ‘Textile Structures for New Building 2019’ contest is provided by TensiNet.

 

The jury will award prizes in the following categories:

  • Macro-architecture
  • Micro-architecture
  • Material innovation
  • Environment and ecology
  • Composites and hybrid structures
  • Urban Living – City of the future

 

The prize money will be divided according to the decision of the jury.

 

The jury’s decision will be final and incontrovertible. Individual reasons for refusal of a proposed submission cannot be given, for organisational reasons.


Awarding of the prizes
Prizes will be shown and awarded at Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany. The award of a prize will be confirmed by a certificate. The organisers reserve the right to exhibit projects at other Techtextil events. The organisers will further inform both the professional world and the public about all prizewinning projects.

Please submit your participation documents completed in English online (www.techtextil-student.com) to Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH by 24 February 2019. Your documents must include the following:


Required documents
Abstract: Short description of the project (2,000 characters maximum)
Plan: To scale and dimensioned drawing of the construction
Text: Detailed description in the form of an executive summary (15,000 characters maximum)
Photos: 1 photo of a model (high resolution) or 1 3D graphic or comparable form of presentation


Additional documents
It is not required, but you will have the possibility to submit additional documents (e.g. short video) for the jury. The above mentioned ‘required documents’ must contain all necessary information for the jury about the project.


Important formalities
Footer:
For identification purposes, all documents submitted must include this information in the footer: name of participant, name of either company or college / university, project title

 

File formats:
Plans must be in PDF format
Photos must be in JPEG format

 

File names:
Please name your files as follows: first name_last name_university_title_plan.pdf or first name_last name_company_title_photo1.jpeg


Additional information
If your project will be awarded, you have to specify which type of material you send in for the presentation on site (e.g. model, scetches, video, etc.)

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