The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Google have launched a competition that celebrates the spirit of experiential learning taught at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The "Design It: Shelter Competition" is open to design professionals and amateurs alike.

Competitors are asked to use Google Earth to pinpoint a location for their design—anywhere in the world is acceptable—and to use Google SketchUp 3-D modeling software to create original designs of live/work structures measuring100 square feet or less. They must then upload their completed designs to the competition website using Google 3-D Warehouse.

Visitors to the competition site will be able to view all entries.

Inspired by the Guggenheim's Sackler Center for Arts and Education exhibition Learning By Doing, which features plans, photos, and models of shelters built by students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, the competition asks designers to create an ideal shelter that responds to a location of their choice while considering human needs for safety and comfort. Entries must provide protection from the elements with space for one person to study and sleep. For simplicity, no water, gas, or electrical services are allowed. For entry details, visit the competition website.

The submission period closes Aug. 23, 2009. Students from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture will then select 10 finalists for inclusion in the "People's Prize" voting, which will run from September 7 through October 10. A jury of experts will select from all the shelter entries a winner to receive the "Juried Prize." The winners will be announced at the Guggenheim's 50th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 21, 2009, and on the museum's website.

Nonprofit design services firm Architecture for Humanity has added, unofficially, its own challenge to the "Design It: Shelter Competition": design with purpose by choosing a community in which your design could help improve living standards. Architecture for Humanity's staff and design fellows will choose a design to receive "The Community Prize." Entrants must log on to the Open Architecture Network Community Prize page, create a new competition entry, and upload designs and information submitted to the Guggenheim's competition. The organization will announce the winners of "The Community Prize" on Oct. 21. For full details on Architecture for Humanity's independent competition component, click here.