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TreeHousing International Wood Design Competitions (Registration Deadline: August 15; Submission Deadline: August 31)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and DBR | Design Build Research School are now seeking entries for TREEHOUSING, an international wood design competition.

Housing for the world’s growing urban population and the threat of deforestation are two of the most significant issues facing humanity today. TREEHOUSING challenges architecture students, professional architects and designers to develop innovative wood housing and urban building solutions through two distinct open competitions:

Competition 1: TREEHOUSING DURBAN | Tall Wood Housing

Competition 2: TREEHOUSING GLOBAL | Affordable Wood Housing

The registration deadline is August 15, 2015 and all submissions are due August 31, 2015 at 5:00pm CET.  Winners will be selected by an international jury and announced on September 10, 2015 at the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa. A grand prize of $6,000 USD will be awarded in each category, in addition to second and student prizes.  For more information, please visit www.treehousing-competition.com.

This ideas competition is sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and coordinated by DBR | Design Build Research School.

 

Internships with African Urbanism
The African Urbanism team is growing! Apply for a five-month urban journalism internship, starting mid-May/June 2015.

MIT’s CoLab Radio Call for Contributors: “Sense the City Through Sound” Series (Deadline: May 17th)
Deep listening to a city’s “sonic world” can reveal hidden social, political and economic dynamics that go beyond what is easily understood about a place. Soundwalks, in situ interviews about and through sound, are one way of engaging in this type of deep listening.

CoLab Radio invites anyone who is interested in this methodology as a way to sense and explore the social dynamics in their city, to participate in a sound walk of a street in their neighborhood and to share it on CoLab Radio.

New Barn Raising Webinar Series: Strategies for Sustaining Community and Civic Assets (Ongoing through 2015)
The New Barn Raising is an initiative to encourage the exchange of international best practice around sustaining community and civic assets such as parks, recreation centers, libraries, neighborhood stores, senior centers, museums and theaters. These are places and spaces characterized by a high degree of accessibility, popularity and sense of belonging to ‘the people’.

Starting April 2015, the New Barn Series will feature a series a monthly webinar highlighting global initiatives promoting community organizing, civic engagement and urban planning. The free webinars are organized on a monthly basis, and include global opportunities to learn and connect with progressive players in the urban space.

LagosPhoto Festival Talent Call 2015 (Deadline Unspecified)
LagosPhoto is on the lookout for photographers working in Africa and from the African Diaspora telling unique and interesting stories.