The International Concrete Design Competition is a biennial competition for students of architecture and design related disciplines. It is organised and funded by a consortium of European cement and concrete associations and is open to students registered in a 3rd level educational institute in one of the participating countries. The competition is now entering its 6th cycle and the countries currently participating include Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, Belgium and Ireland. The competition is funded in Ireland by Cement Manufacturers Ireland (CMI).
The Concrete Design Competition aims to promote innovative design attitudes related to the use of concrete as a material and a technology. It is characterised by its format; each competition cycle is framed by a theme designating a specific property of concrete. Nationally chosen laureates are invited to participate in an international workshop. This workshop continues the investigation of the theme.
Cycle 6 of the competition formally launches at the start of the academic year in September 2013, and for the first time the competition will be hosted by Ireland. The theme for cycle 6 is “Elegance – exploring intelligent solutions”. For further details on the competition see www.concretedesigncompetition.com.