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Sri Lanka, Ambepussa | Building Better Recognition, Asia Pacific, 2017 | Silver, Global, 2015
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.
France, Paris | Building Better Recognition, Europe, 2017
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.
Canada, Toronto | Acknowledgement prize, North America, 2014
The renovation and extension project currently under construction provides a new home for the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design on the site of a culturally significant nineteenth century structure. The project rehabilitates existing urban, landscape, and architectural elements – and demonstrates the University of Toronto’s aim to foreground sustainability as part of its pedagogic program.
USA, New York City | Bronze, North America, 2014
Hy-Fi is a cluster of circular towers over 12 m tall formed using 10,000 bricks that were naturally grown from shredded corn stalks and mushroom mycelium using recent advances in biotechnology combined with cutting-edge computation and engineering. Commissioned by the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, brick production required no energy and produced no waste or by-products. After three months of cultural events, the structure was disassembled and the bricks decomposed to compost.
India, Tatiba Baraibura | Acknowledgement prize, Asia Pacific, 2014
The community center comprised of a residential school for 400 students, vocational training program and medical center for 14 villages is financed by as part of a corporate social responsibility program. Local rough laterite stone is the main building material in four parallel load bearing walls of the structure. A steel roof with substantial overhang ensures shading and natural ventilation. The low cost structure combines local materials and traditional craftsmanship with modern technology.
Kiribati, Tarawa Atoll | Acknowledgement prize, Asia Pacific, 2014
Palm tree branches are used as a simple measure to respond to the imminent threat of coastal erosion due to rising waters and habitat destruction. Inserted into the sand, the spoon-shaped branches constitute an ideal barrier, causing sea currents to slow down and deposit sand material into the concave inner surface of the leaf branch. Sand mounds are thus created which gradually elevate coastline embankments, allowing aquatic plants such as mangroves to grow and secure the beach.
Lebanon, Beirut | "Next Generation" 4th prize, Middle East Africa, 2014
The Bouchrieh industrial quarter located on the outskirts of Beirut currently suffers from an overflow of waste, recurrent power outages, and a lack of skilled labor.The city’s overflowing landfill is in dire need of an emergency waste plan. Addressing the problem at hand, the project offers a set of sustainable solutions for reactivating the area, transforming waste into energy, and reinstating local craftsmanship. The project combines a waste-to-energy plant with public facilities – workshop and exhibition spaces – aimed at raising public awareness regarding Beirut’s unsustainable condition. Making the problem an integral part of the solution, the plant is conceived as a pioneering model that can be implemented in other parts of the country.
Belgium, Brussels | Acknowledgement prize, Europe, 2014
This construction materials village is an illustration of sustainable urban logistics as part of a larger ecosystem. By distributing construction materials to Brussels and collecting construction waste from it, the village functions as an important logistics and distribution hub between port and city. The modular and hierarchical structure of the warehouses makes the architecture receptive to different programmatic demands of various site users.
Mexico, Zoh Laguna | "Next Generation" 2nd prize, Latin America, 2014
The project rebuilds a church in an old lumber town on a lagoon. Wood from the original chapel and other buildings is recycled to erect a modular structure adapted to local timber construction. Respecting the site, the new church and community center define a square for public use, including cultural and educational programs that complement religious activities. The building ensemble uses passive ventilation; rainwater collection; and polluted water from the lagoon is cleaned.
USA, New York City | "Next Generation" 1st prize, North America, 2014
As waste removal becomes increasingly difficult to handle and landfill space more scarce, cities must become more resourceful in how they address their refuse. The project proposes a building in the midst of the metropolis for waste collection and processing, a “machine for turning trash into treasure”. The municipal Center for Harvesting Utility from Waste (CHUW) recognizes an opportunity to locally treat collected waste, separating the components to exploit its content.