Progression is fueled by competition. Especially when it comes to design, competitions are great opportunities for anyone who wants to get in touch with the rest of the community or show skills.

As KUAR Design Lab, we have picked great competitions with deadlines in November.

Laka Competition 2018

Laka, an international annual competition that seeks innovative ideas in architecture, design, and technology that are capable of reacting and dynamically adjusting to the conditions of the environment, is now open for entries.

Laka invites designers from around the world to submit their ideas of ‘architecture that reacts.’ The main focus of the competition is on the solutions that develop through a process of changes and adjustments. The subject of the competition is architectural, design, or technological solutions that are capable of dynamic interaction with their surroundings.

The deadline for registration is October 1, with a late deadline of November 1, 2018

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PAVE 2018 Student Design Competition

Submissions are now open for the 2018 PAVE Design Challenge. The annual international competition is only open to college-level students involved in retail planning, design, visual merchandising, and branding programs.

For the DIY new homeowner or even the seasoned Pro contractor, home improvement projects can be exciting and exhilarating. But getting the right tools, the right materials and the right know-how can make home improvement projects daunting as well.

This challenge invites entrants to rethink and reinvent how The Home Depot stores can give customers the know-how they need to tackle all their home improvement projects with confidence.

The deadline for entries is November 1, 2018.

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Green Good Design Awards 2019

The 2019 Green Good Design Awards are now open for submissions. The competition’s goal is to bestow international recognition to those outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions – together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts-that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a more healthier and more sustainable universe.

The Awards program aims to bring a parallel public appreciation and awareness for an equally revolutionary design approach – a new design thinking led by a current generation of visionary architects, designers, urban planners, corporations, governments, individuals, and private and public institutions for a design and a public environment based upon the ideals of energy conservation; the reduction of toxic waste and greenhouse gases; the diminishing dependence on fossil fuels; and a sensitivity for waste, pollution, and the depletion of the world’s energy resources.

The extended deadline for submissions is November 1, 2018.

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SXSW Place by Design 2019

Place by Design is SXSW’s public space design competition, celebrating transformative work at the intersection of art, technology, and design that rethinks how we use and interact with the places around us. This competition provides a platform for artists, architects, designers and urbanists at all levels to present their scalable solutions for improving our shared landscape.

Selected Finalists will present their work in a fast-paced showcase during the Design track at SXSW 2019. Each designer or team will present their work in a fast-paced pitch competition and participate in a Q&A session with the judges, who ultimately determine the winner.

The SXSW Place by Design competition is open to all types of design work that rethinks, enhances or transforms public space, including but not limited to emerging technologies, urban interventions, public art and architecture.

Work will be judged in part by its impact on the design problem it set out to solve, therefore conceptual submissions and projects in planning are not eligible for inclusion. Creative collaborations and work using data, media, emerging technologies, and the arts are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submissions is November 8, 2018

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IIDA 2018 Global Excellence Awards

Submissions are now open for the 9th annual IIDA Global Excellence Awards. The competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/ Interior Architecture projects in 15 categories.

Any Interior Designer/Interior Architect may submit design project(s). The project(s) must be located outside of the United States; however, the design firm may be located anywhere (including the USA). The design project(s) must have been completed no earlier than Oct. 1, 2016.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, November 9, 2018.

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2018 Clean Energy Challenge

The What Design Can Do platform is calling for submissions for its 2018 Clean Energy Challenge, focused finding creative solutions for pressing energy issues in México City, São Paulo, Nairobi, Delhi and Amsterdam. For each city ‘What Design Can Do’ has crafted locally specific briefings informed by real stories, global key issues and local design capacity.

This global competition calls on designers and creative entrepreneurs to rethink how we produce, distribute and use energy in metropolitan areas. The Challenge covers a period of a year, from the open call for submissions to the implementation of the winning ideas.

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2018.

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Andreu World International Design Contest 2018

The 18th Andreu World International Design Contest is now open for submissions.

Entrants are asked to design an item of furniture (seat or table) that integrates all the specifications outlined by Andreu World in the product briefing.

The competition is open both to design students and to professionals, without age limit. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018.

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Resilient Homes Design Challenge

The World Bank, Build Academy, Airbnb and GFDRR have launched the Resilient Homes Design Challenge. The competition aims to challenge entrants to generate designs for cost-effective, sustainable, small homes for people living in underdeveloped areas that both reduce the risk of damage and enable rapid reconstruction following a natural disaster.

The challenge has been designed for three scenarios: Earthquakes & tropical storms on islands; Earthquakes & landslides in mountain & inland areas; and Tropical storms & floods in coastal areas. Design teams can submit designs for a single scenario or all three scenarios depending on their preference. Design teams are also encouraged to look beyond ‘fully prefabricated’ housing designs in order to allow incorporating local building materials into their designs.

Winning designs will be published and winners will be invited to exhibit at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA and other select global venues. Winning designs could also eventually inform resilient housing or reconstruction work for World Bank-funded projects in places like the Caribbean, South and East Asia, etc.

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018.

Detailed information and application: