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United Kingdom, London | "Next Generation" 1st prize, Europe, 2011 | Innovation 3rd prize, Global, 2012

Efficient fabrication system for geometrically complex building elements
Efficient fabrication system for geometrically complex building elements

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.

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Povilas Cepaitis - AA School of Architecture, London, United Kingdom Read more »

Canada, Winnipeg | Bronze, North America, 2005

Material Reduction: Efficient fabric-formed concrete
Material Reduction: Efficient fabric-formed concrete

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.

Main Author(s)
Mark West - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada Read more »

USA, Los Angeles | Silver, North America, 2011

Zero net energy school building
Zero net energy school building

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.

Main Author(s)
Gloria Lee - Swift Lee Office, Los Angeles, USA; Nathan Swift - Swift Lee Office, Los Angeles, USA Read more »

Chile, Huasco | "Next Generation" 1st prize, Latin America, 2008

Coastal fog-harvesting tower
Coastal fog-harvesting tower

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.

Main Author(s)
Alberto Fernandez Gonzalez - Santiago, Chile Read more »

France, Paris | Silver, Europe, 2014

Public Condenser
Public Condenser

Lieu de vie on the new Paris-Saclay university campus hosts a mix of activities including indoor and outdoor sports facilities, food outlets and various public spaces across more than 4,000 sq m of floor area. Conceived as a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the “urban shelf” is organized vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games.

Main Author(s)
Gilles Delalex - Muoto, Paris, France; Yves Moreau - Muoto, Paris, France; Thomas Wessel-Cessieux - Muoto, Paris, France Read more »

Nepal, Kathmandu | Silver, Asia Pacific, 2014

Children’s Ziggurat
Children’s Ziggurat

The Lali Gurans orphanage and library addresses the needs of an under-served rural population. In a context lacking basic infrastructure, the new 21 m high facility utilizes low-tech renewable energy and material resources, local craftsmanship, and vertical gardens for insulation and food, significantly reducing operating costs. The project also addresses the needs of the nearby communities by offering a library accessible to the public and a seismically stable refuge area during earthquakes.

Main Author(s)
Hilary Sample - MOS Architects, New York, USA; Michael Meredith - MOS Architects, New York, USA Read more »

Sri Lanka, Ambepussa | Bronze, Asia Pacific, 2014 | Silver, Global, 2015

Post-War Collective
Post-War Collective

Following over 25 years of civil war, the reintegration of young soldiers is one of the great challenges Sri Lanka faces. This Community Library provided young men from underprivileged backgrounds with construction training during the implementation of the building. The slender building with a footprint of 1,400 sq m sits lightly in the landscape and wraps around an inner courtyard, taking full advantage of cross ventilation and daylighting. Rammed-earth walls and recycled materials reduce costs and the ecological footprint.

Main Author(s)
Milinda Pathiraja - Robust Architecture Workshop, Colombo, Sri Lanka Read more »

USA, Boston | Acknowledgement prize, North America, 2014

Chrysanthemum Building
Chrysanthemum Building

The design offers a viable solution to the “housing question” – promoting an affordable model for residential development in a dense urban neighborhood. The structure, a wooden construction with a layered metal screen, takes its identity from its immediate surroundings through set-back terraces, the transformation of wrought iron fire escapes into digitally fabricated shading elements, and a commercial space at street level. 

Main Author(s)
Sheila Kennedy - Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Boston, USA; Frano Violich - Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Boston, USA Read more »

Ecuador, Quito | Acknowledgement prize, Latin America, 2014

Under Construction
Under Construction

This project proposes a form of “social economy” with implications for inhabitants and their physical environment. Despite contemporary global urbanization and its attendant economy, there are still rural areas today where barter is the main mode of exchange. The project draws on this tradition and proposes bartering as a practice in an urban context for the refurbishment of the historical center of the city carried out by people without sufficient monetary means.

Main Author(s)
David Barragán - Al Borde Arquitectos, Quito, Ecuador; Pascual Gangotena - Al Borde Arquitectos, Quito, Ecuador; Esteban Benavides - Al Borde Arquitectos, Quito, Ecuador Read more »

Philippines, Cagayan de Oro | Silver, Asia Pacific, 2005

Concrete Substrates for Accelerated Coral Restoration
Concrete Substrates for Accelerated Coral Restoration

Precast concrete elements are used to assist the regeneration of the marine environment using incremental infrastructure. The project’s main methodology is the use of concrete substrates which are found to be biologically friendly to corals due to the presence of calcium bi-carbonate in cement. The design, is a multi-legged structure that allows the penetration of sunlight necessary for growth of the juvenile corals.

Main Author(s)
Lemuel Alfeche - Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Ronald Roland Cesar Rodriguez - Diamond Marketing, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines Read more »
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