|Living City Design Competition Winners Unveiled|
|Tuesday, 03 May 2011 08:05|
The International Living Future Institute and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Bestow Top Honors and $75,000 to Paris team for âvisionary pragmatismâ
The International Living Future Institute today announced the winners of the Living City Design Competition, which it hosted in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, at Living Future â11. The competition called for teams worldwide to create powerful visualizations of how existing cities might be transformed to achieve and transcend the Living Building Challenge 2.0, the built environmentâs most rigorous performance standard.
Daniel Zielinski and Maximilian Zielinski of the United Kingdom earned the first-place prize and a $75,000 award for their Paris-based entry, which was able to combine a deep respect for the City of Lightâs rich history and culture with a pragmatism that could be implemented in myriad contexts. The jury noted: âDaniel and Maximilian crafted an elegant interplay of design solutions with real-world strategies. Their submission achieved the end goal in a way that welcomed and incorporated the present, and instead of simply showing how the ânatural worldâ might colonize urban environments, it created fertile ground for people thriving in partnership with nature.â
The team Atelier G40 captured second place, including a $25,000 award for its entry, âCity Makes. City Lives.â that re-envisioned Bellingham, Wash. The jury was impressed with the strategic nature of the teamâs approach to urban transformation. The jury couched this entry as a cleanly conceived approach that showed a deep cultural understanding of its place.
As it was first conceived, the Living City Design Competition included an additional stand-alone prize of $25,000 to be awarded to the entry that best incorporated historic preservation into its vision for the future. During the review process, however, the jury concluded that because all of the leading entries fully incorporated the historic character of their communities, the original intent of the award was no longer warranted. Instead, the jury awarded five teams $5,000 each in recognition of their unique contributions:
Âˇ Earning the Can-Do Award for its entry, âCoeur dâAlene After the Reign,â a student team from the University of Idaho was acknowledged for its ability to demonstrate how a post-oil world might also include healthier, more supportive and more meaningful community life. The jury summed up the theme of this entry as: âThe futureâs gonna be fun.â
Âˇ Two entries took the Images that Provoke Award: Team [GU] of Seattle and Rollerhaus Pictureworks & Design Co. of Chicago each earned high marks from the judges for their powerful visuals. The jury noted that âthese entries make the viewer feel physically transported into an imagined reality.â The Chicago team achieved this effect by âoverlaying the prairie on the city,â while the Seattle project achieved what the jury termed âWatershed: Reclaimed, City: Bubblewrapped.â
Âˇ The Cities that Learn Award was given to Ashok B. Lall Architects of New Dehli, India and Team OLIN of Philadelphia, Penn. The âevolving blocksâ explored in âPatchwork Philadelphiaâ and the âcatalyzing of the emergence of healthy diversityâ envisioned in New Dehli both demonstrated nuanced conceptions of how the cultures and traditions developed in different neighborhoods might interact. These entries acknowledged cultural realities and explored how social equity might lead to ecologically restored cities.
Reflecting on this diverse pool of entries, the jurors noted: âWe were heartened that, collectively, the competitionâs participants demonstrated a deep understanding of the foundational elements of a restorative civilization. Some entries brilliantly addressed the built environmentâs relationship to waterways; others celebrated the human element and reminded us that we are intrinsic to our ecosystems; and still others showed a subtle awareness of the healing power of thriving, connected habitat.â
Four other submissions were selected by attendees at Living Future â11 as the winners of the Peopleâs Choice and Living Building Community choice awards:
Âˇ âChamizal Connectionâ by Alvarez and Sanchez was honored in both categories for its regeneration of an urban zone in Mexico City
Âˇ âSymbiotic Districts: Towards a Balanced Cityâ by Portland Ecodistricts was also selected as a Peopleâs Choice award
Âˇ âFight for your Right of Wayâ by The Miller Hull Partnership and âPioneer Square â Living Green and Blueâ by International Sustainability Network were also chosen as Living Building Community choice award winners
âThe Living City Design Competition teams have engaged in a process that is truly the beginning of the work at hand: connecting with our communities, asking the crucial questions about how each specific place may be restored, and empowering communities to participate in their own evolution,â the jurors stated.
Composed of leading thinkers, critics and practitioners in the evolving field of restorative design, the jury included:
Âˇ Eden Brukman, Vice President, International Living Future Institute
Âˇ Liz Dunn, Director, Preservation Green Lab at the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Âˇ Doug Farr, President, Farr Associates
Âˇ Patrice Frey, Director of Sustainability, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Âˇ Jason F. McLennan, CEO, International Living Future Institute
Âˇ Bill Reed, Principal, Integrative Design Collaborative; Regenesis, Inc.; and Delving Deeper
Âˇ Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine
Judges and competition organizers are now exploring ways in which the winning teams can engage with their respective communities to take these visions from conversation to action.
About the International Living Future InstituteThe International Living Future Institute is an environmental non-governmental organization committed to catalyzing a global transformation toward true sustainability. Its mission is to lead and support the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. The International Living Future Instituteâs core programs are the Living Building Challenge, Cascadia Green Building Council, The Natural Step Network USA and Ecotone Publishing. Authored by Jason F. McLennan, the Living Building Challenge was launched in 2006 by Cascadia and quickly became the most advanced green building performance standard in the world. More information can be found at www.living-future.org and by following the Institute on Facebook.
About the National Trust for Historic PreservationThe National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history â and the important moments of everyday life â took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, eight regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of Americaâs stories.