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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.
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.
United Kingdom, London | "Next Generation" 1st prize, Europe, 2011 | Innovation 3rd prize, Global, 2012
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.
Canada, Winnipeg | Bronze, North America, 2005
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.
Austria, Vienna | "Next Generation" 6th prize, Europe, 2014
Cooling as a process is one of the biggest energy consumers in the building sector globally. Air-shade addresses this problem by proposing a shading system that is sensitive to solar exposure and powered by air – with no need of any external energy source. It can vary in scale, size, material, and form: the proposed device is therefore applicable to a broad variety of buildings, constructions, façades, roofs, windows, etc.
China, Ningbo | Acknowledgement prize, Asia Pacific, 2005
From southern China, this entry makes a compelling case for reinterpreting the traditional building culture. An innovative translation of a historical house typology to a series of modern dwellings is proposed for the city center. Ecologically, the project is merited for its sensitive deployment of low-cost natural resources, reactivating the manufacture of low-tech, handmade structures, and the use of recycled materials.
Germany, Stuttgart | Acknowledgement prize, Europe, 2014
Aggregates are ubiquitous in the concrete production industry, yet are rarely deployed in an unbound form. This materials research project examines aggregate architectures made from designed injection-molded granulates which self-solidify. This pilot project for a ground-breaking construction method uses the potential of loose, designed granulates that can interlock and consequently require no additional binding agent; fully recyclable and adaptable to almost any site constraints.
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.
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.
Spain, Barcelona | "Next Generation" 3rd prize, Europe, 2014
This materials research project explores the bio-receptivity of ceramics, taking advantage of the material’s porosity that allows it to retain water and using natural fibers such as mosses. The research examines how ceramics, like roof tiles, can become support the organisms, enhancing the material performance in terms of thermal and acoustic parameters – and furthermore photosynthetic organisms also improve air quality and alleviate urban heat island effects.