June 30th, 2015

In Brief:
Awards and Contests 2015

Discover our awards and contests news section from the global award for sustainable architecture to the 3-D Printed Mars Habitations Challenge and Floating Cities Contest.

The Five Laureates of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

The School of Architecture of Talca (Chile), Spanish architect Santiago Cirugeda, Danish architect Jan Gehl, Belgian association Rotor and Finnish architect Marco Casagrande are the five laureates of the 2015 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.

Awarded by the Locus Foundation and Unesco, this prize has been granted each year since 2007. These five architects have developed innovative and sustainable projects and concepts in developed countries as well as benefiting the most vulnerable populations.

For this year’s crew, the Locus Foundation and Unesco hailed five initiatives that emphasize dialogue between citizens and town planners to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Self-named urban quality consultant Jan Gehl, for example, promotes the reshaping of the urban space by giving more room to walkers. The Rotor’s architects are building an alternative economic society founded on the reuse of materials and resources. Santiago Cirugeda defends the right of the poorest populations to access cheap homes and energy. The Talca School of Architecture opened in a poor rural region to educate students that did not have access to a high quality education. Marco Casagrande is already thinking of the third generation cities where nature will act as co-architect.

A pedestrian center for Sao Paulo
Jan Gehl

3-D Printed Mars Habitat Challenge

NASA
Courtesy of NASA

If we are going to send people to Mars, we should better start thinking of the first colonies’ accommodation. Carrying tons of concrete and bricks by airspace shuttles to build habitable houses seems unrealistic. Therefore, NASA is thinking of other suitable alternatives. Additive manufacturing is one of the serious options because in 2014, a 3-D printer successfully 3-D printed real objects from the International Space Station.

In order to bring down payload for space exploration, NASA has announced, in partnership with additive manufacturing institute America Makes, a 3-D printing competition, the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. The participants will have to create architectural concepts and full-scale suitable habitats for applications on Earth, in space and on other planets, using 3-D printing and also native and recyclable materials.

The registrations for the competition will start on September 27, 2015. A $1.1 million prize is up for grabs.

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The Floating City Contest

After the “going green” trend, let’s make room for “blue architecture.” With the rise of the sea level, building ecological cities on new islands has become a real architectural movement. Living on the water is not an utopia anymore, and we will soon need to learn how to float.

The American Seasteading Institute in partnership with the Netherlands-based design consultancy firm DeltaSync, is organizing the Floating City Project, an architectural design contest to develop the best first city at sea in protected waters.

The participants will have to include sustainable energy practices as well as wave action to withstand ocean storms.

The winner will be announced in August 2015.

A project of floating city
Seasteading Institute
Camille Rustici

By Camille Rustici


Camille Rustici is journalist for ArchiExpo e-magazine. For several years, she has covered many sustainable issues for various media and magazines including TV Channel France 24 and American news agency Associated Press.

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