Every year the Buckminster Fuller Institute hosts a challenge where groundbreaking, problem solving and visionary ideas can be celebrated. This year the Fuller Challenge announced that GreenWave, a nonprofit organization, is the recipient of the award for its magnificent ability to integrate innovation with restoration and for “transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers and stewards of their local waters”. Continue reading
The proposal titled “Urban Swales: Subterranean Reservoir Network for Los Angeles,” has been awarded 2nd place in Dry Futures Speculative category. Storm water enters each swale at the street corners where it is temporarily stored before beginning its gradual descent down through a cascade of phytoremediation terraces.
Dry Futures, An ideas competition seeking future-focused design responses to California’s drought, has announced winners and mentions. Liquifying Aquifer by Lujac Desautel, has been awarded 1st place in the Pragmatic category. The proposal asks: What if the Valley could have multiple drains placed around the city in contingent locations for maximum water replenishment back into the Aquifer?
A project for a public park in Medellín, Colombia that creates urban spaces around a series of water tanks to form a “socio-technical” landscape of magnificent beauty won the gold prize. The design opens up hidden infrastructure within the city to create a civic space at the intersection of architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and urban design. Continue reading
The Water Works Parkitecture competition called for proposals that could bring community and landscape together in order to generate discussion about watershed issues. By braiding the ecological functions of the park + river and the social functions of recreation, the winning plan by Sasaki, RDG and AES: “shaped two distinct yet complementary sections of Water Works Park: the wild and the engineered.”
The Gowanus Lowline “Connections” Competition dealt primarily with the topic of urban development in postindustrial lands and whether designers could establish potential overlaps between the needs of the Gowanus Canal Community and the needs of site regeneration and watershed based planning design parameters. Since the Gowanus Canal is categorized by the EPA as a Superfund site, designers needed to be innovative about how to intertwine cleansing processes with the provision of quality urbanscape. Two entries were considerably successful in this regard: the honorable entry “Domestic Laundry” proposal by AGER Group, and the First Prize winning entry titled “Gowanus Flowlands”.
One Prize is an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities. WATER AS THE SIXTH BOROUGH is an Open International Design Competition to Envision the Sixth Borough of New York City. The committee invites the most talented and imaginative architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, economists, artists, students, and individuals to propose ideas for the NYC Blue Network and The World’s Largest Clean Tech Expo in 2014.