A prototypical urban recycling project in Boston, Massachusetts, USA received an Encouragement prize of USD 5,000.Prizes awarded to sustainable construction projects in North America » Pour en savoir plus (French) »
The entry introduces an innovative approach to urban recycling on two important fronts. First, the authors expose a novel, even foreseen potential in reusing infrastructure construction for completely different functional purposes. Second, they were able to demonstrate in a convincing manner how the result will not only yield an equivalent to accepted building practices, but actually open up new opportunities for residents that otherwise would not exist.
The project is sophisticated and exceeds the strictly architectural scale to which it is applied, showing promise for urban transferability as well. A proactive critical attitude is forwarded to call attention to the wastefulness of standard, large-scale infrastructural construction.
Ecological sensitivity is also evidenced in the careful consideration of how the proposal might not only reduce the quantity of waste, but might also help prevent the need for new landfills. The buildings are designed to capitalize on such energy saving strategies as thermal mass, natural ventilation, and day lighting of poorly lit or concealed spaces. Additionally, green roofs promise to reduce problems associated with runoff in an urban environment. Overall, the work presents an aesthetically poetic response to a challenging contextual condition.See more
Large infrastructural projects are often implemented with little thought given to the amount of waste produced in the process. This entry from the east coast of the USA makes a central issue of this frequent oversight. The authors call attention to the potential of recycling construction materials for novel purposes.
While highlighting the need for more efficient use of public funds, the project conveys a proactive sensibility in considering how to reduce the quantity of waste and at the same time provides much-needed affordable housing for the community. Careful thought is given to numerous energy-saving strategies at various scales. The design promotes a shift of attitude concerning urban development from demolition to reconstruction, thereby extending consideration not only to the creation of new employment opportunities for the region, but also to new sources of livelihood for inhabitants of the city.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.57 MB) »See more
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