Archinect - News 2014-10-25T06:12:17-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110956491/u-s-department-of-agriculture-launches-tall-wood-building-prize-competition U.S. Department of Agriculture launches Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Justine Testado 2014-10-10T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T23:20:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g7/g7k4t07z7za66zdc.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially launched their U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. As the first step of a new USDA and forest industry initiative, the competition...aims to showcase the architectural and commercial feasibility of advanced wood products in tall building construction in order to support employment opportunities in U.S. rural communities, maintain the health and resiliency of American forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Following a funding initiative announced by the Obama Administration and the U.S. forestry industry through the USDA, SLB and BSLC earlier this year, the competition invites all U.S. developers, institutions, organizations and design teams willing to undertake an alternative solution approach to designing and building taller wood structures to submit entries for a prize of $2 million.</p><p>The objective of the Competition is to identify proponents with building project(s) in the concept-, schematic- or design-development stage in the U.S. that can safely and successfully demonstrate the use of wood as a viable structural material in tall buildings."</p><p>Read more about the competition on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/u.s._department_of_agriculture_launches_tall_wood_building_prize_competitio/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109580888/the-regional-holcim-awards-2014-winners-for-north-america The regional Holcim Awards 2014 winners for North America Justine Testado 2014-09-22T19:28:00-04:00 >2014-09-25T12:47:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fsapfc0nyz58c6e3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following the European announcement, the North American regional winners for the Holcim Awards 2014 were recognized at a recent ceremony at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Canada...The international jury led by Toshiko Mori (USA) highlighted 13 projects from across the U.S. and Canada, which altogether received US$330,000 in prize money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Winning projects include those by students, emerging professionals, and leading practitioners&nbsp;&mdash; with some familiar names like BIG, the "Hy-Fi" by The Living's David Benjamin, Sheila Kennedy of KVA MATx, and NADAAA.</p><p>Below are a few of the winning projects.</p><p><strong>HOLCIM AWARDS GOLD 2014 - North America: Poreform: Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin, Las Vegas, NV, USA</strong><br>Main authors: Amy Mielke, Water Pore Partnership, New York, NY, USA; Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, Water Pore Partnership, Woodbridge, VA, USA<br>Further Author: Keller Easterling - Yale University, New Haven, USA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88meyyss5amobtv3.jpg"></p><p><strong>HOLCIM AWARDS SILVER 2014 - North America: <em>Rebuilding by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure</em>, New York, NY, USA</strong><br>Main Authors: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Daniel Kidd and Jeremy Siegel, BIG &ndash; Bjarke Ingels Group; Laura Starr, Stephen Whitehouse, Andrea Parker and Melon Wedick, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects &amp; Planners; James Lima, James Lima Planning + Development; Steve...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105036124/jahn-s-post-tower-wins-the-ctbuh-10-year-award JAHN’S Post Tower wins the CTBUH 10 Year Award Justine Testado 2014-07-25T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:32:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pw5hlj6ad4s385cb.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat gave their 10 Year Award to JAHN's Post Tower out of seven finalists. The award recognizes a tall building that has best proven successful performance in various criteria over a timespan of at least 10 years since the building's completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Located in Bonn, Germany, the 163-meter Post Tower office building made itself known as one of the world&rsquo;s lowest energy-consuming tall buildings and a predecessor to sustainable tower design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9tnsi1tc8lxau3x.jpg"></p><p>More details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/jahns_post_tower_wins_the_ctbuh_10_year_award/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101784206/jury-members-of-the-2015-holcim-awards-are-announced Jury members of the 2015 Holcim Awards are announced Justine Testado 2014-06-13T13:55:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:39:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnp9mq2f5z2ea6zk.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fourth cycle of the Holcim Awards has appointed its international expert jury members, who will take on the big task of selecting this cycle's winners of the prestigious global competition, which has a total cash prize of US$2 million...More than 6,000 submissions from 152 countries were sent to this year's call for entries. Later this year, regional winners will be selected based on their team's entry addresses the competition's target issues regarding sustainable construction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The jury members are:</p><ul><li><strong>Mohsen Mostafavi</strong> (head), Dean of the Graduate School of Design (GSD), <a href="http://archinect.com/harvard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University</a> (USA)</li><li><strong>Marc Ang&eacute;lil</strong>, Senior Dean, Department of Architecture, <a href="http://archinect.com/ethz" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ETH Zurich</a> (Switzerland)</li><li><strong>Alejandro Aravena</strong>, Executive Director, Elemental (Chile)</li><li><strong>Maria Atkinson</strong>, Founding CEO, Green Building Council of Australia (Australia)</li><li><strong>Yolanda Kakabadse</strong>, President, WWF International (Ecuador)</li><li><strong>Matthias Schuler</strong>, Founder, Transsolar Energietechnik (Germany)</li><li><strong>Rolf Soiron</strong>, Chairman, Holcim Foundation (Switzerland)</li></ul><p>Read more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/jury_members_of_the_2015_holcim_awards_are_announced/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/26648463/africa-s-first-plastic-bottle-house-rises-in-nigeria Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria MikeChino 2011-11-07T15:07:21-05:00 >2011-11-14T12:21:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgn4kk7wd0fqdw8p.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) &ndash; an NGO based in Nigeria &ndash; is almost finished with an incredible two-bedroom bungalow entirely out of plastic bottles. Although many in Kaduna were dubious when the project began construction in June this year, the nearly-complete home is bullet and fireproof, earthquake resistant, and maintains a comfortable interior temperature of 64 degrees fahrenheit year round.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/12433302/renzo-piano-unveils-green-roofed-stavros-niarchos-foundation-cultural-center-for-athens Renzo Piano Unveils Green-Roofed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for Athens MikeChino 2011-07-06T14:52:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T16:24:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s6/s6vj54bucrowe4q7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano recently unveiled plans for a new waterfront cultural center and urban park in Athens that includes a massive opera house and a library that is directly connected to the park by a sloping green roof. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center will also incorporate several sustainable technologies with the hope of attaining LEED Platinum certification.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>