ResilientCity Design Competition


Type: open, international, 1-stage

Language: English

Eligibility: Architects, urban planners, landscape architects, and engineers, as well as interns and students of these disciplines

Registration fee:
$20 – students and interns
$50 – registered professionals

1st Prize – $1,000
2nd Prize (Urban Design) – $500
2nd Prize (Building Design) – $500

21 August, 2009 – registration deadline
31 August, 2009 – submission deadline

Craig Applegath, Architect/Urban Designer
Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Urban Design
Gregory Greene, Film Maker
Peter Howard, Environmentalist
Lyle Scott, Sustainability Engineering
Kelly Doran, Architecture and Urban Design
Gordon Graff, Architecture and Urban Food

Design Challenge:
There are 4 scenarios, 2 for building design, and 2 for urban planning strategies. Each Scenario represents an important opportunity to transform our current urban fabric into post-carbon, zero net energy building and urban fabric.

1. Repurposing and re-skinning of an existing multi-story commercial office building to convert it into a low-carbon, net-zero energy, multi-use building.
2. Design of a low-rise mixed-use urban block development – a complex of buildings that would occupy a typical urban block.
3. Transformation of an existing suburban low-density residential neighborhood into a higher-density, mixed-use, self-sufficient, re-localized neighborhood.
4. Transformation of an existing urban residential neighborhood to make it more resilient and self sufficient in providing its own food supply.

Submission Requirements:
The entry should include the following information:
1. A confirmation of the scenario to which the design proposal applies.
2. A 300 to 500 word description of a design proposal, including how it exemplifies some or all of the ResilientCity Planning and Design Principles, Urban Design Principles, and/or Building Design Principles, as well as a description of key local climatic, geographic and economic conditions of the city.
3. A brief summary (100 words max) of the above description, including a point-form list of the Planning and Design Principles, Urban Design Principles, and/or Building Design Principles incorporated in the project.
4. The name, and district of the city in which a design proposal is being located.
5. At least one 3D perspective drawing of the proposal that best captures the proposed ideas. The image can be a simple idea sketch or a much more detailed 3D rendering.
6. At least one Site Plan drawing that most effectively explains the design ideas.
7. For Building Design Scenarios 1 and 2, at least one building plan drawing that effectively conveys the design ideas.
8. At least one neighborhood or community context plan to help the jury understand the proposal’s context.
9. Any additional text explanations or labels that are appropriate for conveying the design ideas.
10. Any additional drawings, sketches, photographs or illustrations that will help the jury best understand the ideas and intent of the submission.

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