The secondary school project uses traditional building materials and technologies and places great emphasis on actively involving the local population in the construction process. Locally-sourced clay is mixed with aggregates and cement to cast walls on-site based on a two-piece formwork. The school is exemplary in terms of its successful approach to the adaptive use of building materials, community development, climatic mitigation and aesthetics.
This entry is focused on the development of a smart but simple methodology to design and prefabricate building elements with complex geometries, which is resource efficient and considerably reduces construction waste. Complex geometries are utilized in contemporary architecture for the construction of concrete or mortar building envelopes, partition walls, horizontal and vertical shading elements and pavements.
This project for a public garden is merited for making a beneficial contribution to a characteristically dry region. The scheme makes the most of the existing qualities of the site in order to maximize water retention. Also commended is the proposal for time phasing. Whereas priority is given to water recycling, careful guidelines are provided for gradual development of the park.
The project presents a technique using flexible fabrics instead of conventional rigid forms for the production of concrete elements, offering significant reductions in material use and dead weight using flexible fabrics instead of conventional rigid molds. Research and practical applications continue at CAST, University of Manitoba, which contributes to “open source” technical collaboration with additional university and industry partners.
The public school project is designed as a prototype to be built on multiple campuses throughout LA. Its aim is an economical, flexible and yet, in its spatial concept, ambitious design that can be adjusted to different pedagogical models and learning styles. The 2-level building can accommodate up to 500 students, may be reconfigured for other communal functions, and its sustainability concept intends to reach a zero net energy building standard.
This project investigates relationships in between producer and consumer nations in the global garment industry. Potential architectural interventions aim to improve working conditions and eliminate practices of labor exploitation. The project seeks to enable a shift from mass production industries to micro and small enterprises, with workshops distributed throughout cities rather than isolated factory compounds on the periphery of metropolitan centers.
Huasco is an arid agricultural region dependent on irrigation. With its river depleted, this entry proposes an ingenious solution using only wind energy and gravity. The 200m tall tower is constructed as a spiral that collects water particles from coastal fog, filters out salt by reverse osmosis and distributes freshwater to an otherwise declining agricultural area.
The UVA de La Imaginación project centers on creating high quality public spaces inserted into low-income, dense neighborhoods at a reservoir where two giant water tanks have been replaced by new infrastructure. The architecture takes inspiration from the site’s history, surrounding topography, and structure of existing tanks and pools, resulting in an intervention with minimal environmental impact. The project opened in 2015 and forms part of a network of 20 parks.
This design proposal repositions water infrastructure as a civic project. Facing a significant shortage of water in an arid region, local drainage systems are incapable of collecting the water that floods the Las Vegas valley when it rains. Giant underground tanks with a capacity of 75,000 megaliters that can be used as event locations during dry periods swallow the rainwater. They are covered with a porous concrete surface designed for optimal water collection.
This project is located in the city center and turns an unused arm of the River Spree into a natural 745m “swimming pool”. The pool is the equivalent of 17 Olympic swimming pools and features a 780m-long reed bed filtration system. The Flussbad will have a strong impact on the quality of urban life.
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