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Register: Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Submit: Sunday, January 06, 2013

You are presented with an opportunity to express your vision for the revitalization and reuse of a silo in the former packaging (canning) factory complex of Redtory, in Guangzhou, China.

We offer an open brief. The aim is to create the space for young designers and artists. Considering the proposal’s range of possible program (creative spaces, design studios, workshops, galleries, design schools, machinery spaces for the industrial arts) the development should be capable of providing work space for more than one hundred design students and professionals.

The proposal should consider all areas inside and outside the buildings. We encourage participants to reactivate the unique silo, as well as the rooms, rooftops and gardens of the surrounding buildings. New structures can be added. There are no restrictions on floor area as long as rational justification is provided and the benefit for the community is evident.

The overall brief is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies.


Guangzhou is the 3rd largest growing city in China's fastest growing area - the Pearl River Delta (PRD). The PRD region is home to 100 million people and is one of the most urbanized areas in the world. Guangzhou is often considered to be a cultural ‘desert’, but nevertheless, it has many hidden places which often offer positive surprises to the urban experience.

One such area is Redtory – a former packaging factory complex. It consists of numerous industrial buildings. Recently, “Red Plant” underwent a major revival in response to the occupation of many of its buildings by creative and enthusiastic individuals and organizations, who infused the complex with bars, restaurants, design studios and art galleries. The result is a unique and dynamic enclave for members of the progressive and independent art community.

Competition structure:

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifying the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

Those eligible to participate:

Architects, Architecture Graduated, Engineers and Students. Interdisciplinary teams are also encouraged to enter the Competition. Submissions can be the work of an individual or a group up to 4 members and there is no age limit.


Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,000 with the distribution as follows:




There will also be honorable mentions and featured articles in international architecture and design media


Early Bird Registration: US$ 80 from 1st September to 1st November 2012

Late Registration: US$ 120 from 2nd November to 31st December 2012


Start of Competition and Early Bird Registration - 1st September to 1st November 2012

Late Competition Registration – 2nd November to 31st December 2012

Closing Date for Submissions – 5th January 2013 (UPDATED!)

Jury Evaluation – 6th January – 20th January 2013 (UPDATED!)

Announcement of Winners and Publication at homemadedessert.org - 31st January 2013 (UPDATED!)

Available informative material:

- Plans and sections
- Sketch up model
- PhotographsCompetition structure


UPDATE: The submission deadline has been extended until January 5th, 2013.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Please direct where the material for the competition is to found. also where and with whom are registrations etc to me made.

what are the competition guidelines and reqirements

thanks you

Homemade Dessert Team
Hong Kong
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Dear Henri,

Please find the information package on competition on homemadedessert.org

Thank You
Homemade Dessert Team

Homemade Dessert Team
Hong Kong
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Dear Friends,

Please find latest update on Jury list:

David Zhai - architect, Grimshaw Architects, New York
John Simons - designer, KPF, New York
Simon McGown - designer, Morphosis Architects, New York
Collin Anderson - writer, architecture student, Columbia university, New York
Fahmi Noor - architect, DPA, Singapore
Alona Martinez - lecturer in Urbanism and Placemaking and Architecture, University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus, Belfast

Friday, October 12, 2012
To many students and young architects,

I just want to give a quick note about competitions these days.
When you join a competition, please check who is the organizer and who are the juries.
Perhaps winning a random competition may give you a chance to add one more line on your CV, but be aware that you are putting your efforts and giving your idea for nothing.

When I see the list of jury for this competition, it makes me feel sick. What a random employees from random offices?

Homemade Dessert Team
Hong Kong
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Dear anonymous commentor,

To start with we'd like to thank you for the useful advice you are giving to architects around the world about the growing number of badly organised competitions out there.

We'd like to make it clear that Homemade Dessert's competitions are well organised and worth participating.

To start with, our judges are professionals from well known architecture practices around the world. We have spent a lot of time looking for the right people to belong to the jury and making sure that they would be from a broad range of different companies and associations to make sure they deliver the most objective decission.

We, the organisers, are all passionate young architects who put their heart and soul into this competition. We do it because we want to give other architects a chance to express their ideas with financial reward.

We'd like to ask you to explain why you think that our competition is not worth participating in and why our judges make you feel sick (sorry for that, we surely don't want to make anyone feel sick).

Also, it would be really nice if you would comment under your name adding some contact information so that we could get in touch with you. It seems that you have a lot of experience so maybe we could ask some advice from you.

In the future please avoid spreading negative information without any explanation. It is simply ineffective and destructive.

Thank You

New York
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The jurors are mostly young and until recently, mostly students.

4 of the 7 juries are recent graduates and students of Columbia.

David Zahi and Simon McGown graduated from Columbia 4 months ago (M.Arch Class of 2012).

Simon only just started working at Morphosis. David who worked at Grimshaw over the summers was only recently hired as full time.

John B Simons also graduated from GSAPP 4 months ago.

Collin Anderson is still a student at GSAPP

I don't know who the others are but you can bet, these are all friends who met at school.

I am also GSAPP class of 2012 (maybe you should have also asked me to be a juror).

I hope these 'facts' are not negative information.

Homemade Dessert Team
Hong Kong
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thank you for your response,

The remaining two judges are as follow:

Fhami Noor – RIBA, Senior Architect Executive at DP Architects Singapore and
Alona Martinez - lecturer in Urbanism and Placemaking and Architecture, University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus, Belfast

We at Homemade Dessert clearly state, us being an international group of young professionals, forward-thinking and vibrant organization that recognizes the importance of giving people the opportunity to express their creative talent, vision, and passion for great design.

We practice open minded approach on guest jury, and do not see any problem on allowing industry related fresh graduates express their opinion.

If you are interested to participate as a jury, please do not hesitate and email us your CV - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We welcome anyone to join the team and express their opinion to provoke the most objective and fruitful discussion and results.

The project evaluation will take place in New York, first week of January 2013

Thank You!

Homemade Dessert Team
Hong Kong
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dear Friends,

Due to unexpected number of participants the submission deadline for architectural competition “Revival of the Silo” has been postponed to 5th January 2013. The registration deadline still remains 31st December 2012, however now you will have 5 extra days to upload or re-upload your competition submissions.

To make sure your submissions are uploaded successfully on time, we would advise you to submit work in advance.

Competition schedule is changed to following:

Late Registration – 2nd November to 31st December 2012
Closing Date for Submissions – 5th January 2013
Evaluation – 6th January – 20th January 2013
Announcement of Winners - 31st January 2013

Thank You!

f pinkstone
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
To Homemade Dessert Team

You should at least post a full financial disclosure of all funds received and all funds dispersed and any consideration or honorarium paid to your jurors.

I am sure that since you are in Hong Kong and the jury decision is to take place in New York City will involve some amount of travel for the organizers.

Are the participants of the competition subsidizing your trips to the USA ?

None of this is disclosed or discussed. Therefore, what is one expected to think? This is yet another example of exploitation within the architectural profession, however well meaning and passionate you are about it.

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