Eduardo Mayoral of the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain was awarded the third prize for an ambitious design and fabrication concept for bioluminescent devices for zero-electricity lighting. The winners of the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions from across Europe have been announced at a ceremony in Milan. A total of USD 300,000 was presented to ten outstanding projects submitted by architects, planners, engineers and project owners.Read full media release – Holcim Awards 2011 for Europe » per saperne di piú (Italian) »
The concept proposes the design and fabrication of glowing devices that do not consume electricity through the manipulation of bioluminescent populations of microorganisms. A species of bacteria that naturally glows in the dark, Vibrio Fischeri, and a species of algae that glows when excited by movement, Pyrocystis Fusiformis, are tested to determine their suitability. The bioluminescent devices can be used for public ambient lighting, natural park illumination, billboards, highway posts and signs, and many other uses. The devices provide illumination without consuming electricity, and explore the opportunities of synthetic biology applied to architectural design.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.77 MB) »
The jury was impressed by the visionary strength of the concept, with various criteria of sustainability applied and combined in a fascinating manner. Various employments of the technology prove the significance of the bioluminescent devices in terms of ambitious design, minimal energy consumption, minimal cost production, simple construction and numerous fields of application.
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