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Seisakusyo, Co. Ltd. + DESIGNTOPE
Situated in Takaoka-shi, in Toyama Prefecture facing
the Japan Sea, the Takenaka Seisakusyo has been producing
Buddhist sculptures and artwork alongside the development
and production of building materials coordinating the
skills of the traditional metal cast artisan. And in
the production of gates and fences, the company enjoys
collaboration with Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.,
Shikoku Corp., and YKK AP, Inc., in effect undertaking
the role of adjoining the skills of the artisan with
the major manufacturers.
This time, we are pleased to have the directors of development
of these major manufacturers taking part in this competition
as members of the jury.
|Theme "Gates & Fences"
Concepts for Gates &
Fences are widely solicited.
In Japan, Gates & Fences function not only as a
partition between private and public property, but undertake
roles in enhancing the beauty of the streets, and in
extending welcome to visitors in unison with the natural
beauty of the garden.
The expectations of this competition are for proposals
incorporating the essence behind these functions, such
as "human interaction", "lifestyle",
In particular, this competition seeks ideas upheld by
such principles, which are also "marketable".
We look forward to receiving proposals of outstanding
ideas breaking through the traditional concept while
being realistic at the same time.
|Category of awards
Grand Prix Award: 1
A 500,000 yen cash prize will be awarded to the most
outstanding design selected by the jury--taking a leap
forward while being realistic.
A 100,000 yen cash prize will be awarded to an outstanding
design, innovative but realistic.
(*Contestants wishing to receive the cash prize in US$
will receive the amount at the exchange rate effective
on the day of winner announcement.)
Excellence Awards: 5
A memorial will be awarded as a supplementary prize
to outstanding entries escaping selection as the Grand
Prix or Runner-up.
Additionally, all entries will be evaluated in terms
of marketability. For this, priority negotiation rights
for merchandizing of all entries will rest with Takenaka
Seisakusyo, Co. Ltd. In the event an entry is selected
for merchandizing, application for copyright, design
rights, etc. is the responsibility of the entrant.
Upon merchandizing, a contract will be drawn between
Takenaka Seisakusyo, Co. Ltd. and the creator of the
concept, for payment of royalty fees reflecting sales.
Masayuki Kurokawa (Architect)
President, Kurokawa Masayuki Architectural Design Office
President, Society of Research and Design
Professor, Research Institute of Art, Kanazawa College
General Manager, Exterior Products Department,
Rain Gutters and Exterior Building Products Division,
Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
Director of Development,
General Manager, Product Planning Department, Exterior
YKK AP, Inc.
Artistic Building Materials Managing Director,
Takenaka Seisakusyo, Co. Ltd.
(*All dates given in Japan
Application for entry: July 10, 2003 - October 10, 2003
Submission of entries: July 20, 2003 - October 20, 2003
Announcement of results: Late November, 2003
Exhibition: Late December, 2003
Award testimonials: Late January, 2004
(Testimonials will be mailed in lieu of an awards ceremony.)
|Announcement of results
Notification will be made
only to the winners, with presentation of the winning
entries on web at this site.
Limited to registered members
of DESIGNTOPE (fee: 300 yen/month).
Those wishing to submit entries, please click on the
MEMBERSHIP button to apply for DESIGNTOPE membership.
DESIGNTOPE membership IDs required for registration
in the competition will be mailed to you upon completion
of membership registration.
In accordance with DESIGNTOPE policy, schools or department
labs wishing for student participation in this competition
as research projects may submit multiple entries by
multiple numbers of students through the membership
registration of one representative member.
In submitting an entry as a group, please process
the application under the name of one representative
member, followed by the inscription, "and x (number
of) others". In announcing the prize-winning
entries, the names of all members of the group will
be introduced together with the group name.
|Applications for entry/Registration
Entry registrations should
be sent by clicking on the SUBMIT button on the Registration
Applications will be confirmed by mail from the Secretariat.
1) Required documentation
1. One 3D image depicting principal features
2. One supplementary 3D image (with captions/notations
describing the concept)
3. One diagram giving principal dimensions
4. Description of the concept, and comments on materials
used, processing methods, and structure. The official
language for descriptive text will be English. Contestants
capable of presenting the material in Japanese, please
do so in addition to the English text. English text
must be approximately 200 words.
5. Image for Web use
The principal 3D image submitted as (1) above must also
be submitted as a 230x230 pixel image, for web use in
announcement of results and a web exhibition.
1. In the interest of maintaining impartiality through
the judgment process, do not include any notations
indicating authorship such as names on the images.
2. The type/method of 3D image-preparation is unspecified.
Model photographs, hand-drawn sketches, 3D computer
graphics, or any other form of presentation may be
3. All entries must be unpublished works.
3) Formats, resolutions, and image sizes
1. File formats: GIF (animations accepted)
2. Resolution: 72 dpi (pixel/inch)
3. Size: Required documents 1) 1, 2, and 3 must be
submitted as images measuring 500x500 pixels
4. File size: Each image file must be under 300KB
File name: Name each file with half-em English alphabet
and Arabic numeral combinations, followed by the file
extension (.gif, .doc) etc.
As described above, documentation required upon submission
for each entry will be 4 image files and 1 document
file, a total of 5 files.
|Submission of entries
Prior registration is required
before submission of entries. Following registration,
submit all entries via the Entry Form (following indicated
procedures and clicking on the SUBMIT button).
[ Submission period ]
July 20, 2003 - October 20, 2003
*Submissions outside this time frame will not be accepted.
*Please note that entries will NOT be accepted in
the form of mail file attachments.
*Receipt of entries will be acknowledged by mail.
Copyright and design rights
are the property of the entrant, although as candidates
for merchandizing, priority negotiation rights for all
entries will rest with Takenaka Seisakusyo, Co. Ltd.
Regarding all entries, the organizers retain the right
to exhibit winning entries (including exhibitions on
web), the right to reproduce the works in print, and
all other forms of media use. In addition, the awards
are subject to cancellation in the event any infringement
of copyright (imitation, plagiarism) is suspected, at
any time, even after announcement of the results.
An exhibition will be held
on web, at this DESIGNTOPE site.
Direct inquiries to:
DESIGNTOPE Competition Secretariat
However, details regarding selection standards will
not be disclosed. Please refer to the instructions on
the registration form and the FAQs regarding questions
on application procedure.