Open to University of Auckland Civil and Environmental Engineering students, the competition brief was to re-design a system that reduces stormwater runoff and pollution in new housing developments, while contributing to good urban design.
The competition was jointly sponsored by the Auckland Regional Council, the Hobsonville Land Company – a subsidiary of Housing New Zealand Corporation – with support from The University of Auckland.
The proposed re-design area covered 25 hectares of land in north-west Auckland currently being developed by the Hobsonville Land Company, and was to “set new benchmarks for sustainable development” using a Low Impact Design (LID) approach.
The winning team were Alex Cheah, Jonathan Church and Andrew Hope. They received a prize of $1,500. Runners up were Jade Gibson, Rachel Kelly and Julia Wells, who received $1,000. The third place went to Nick Hohaia, Sam Reed and Leon West, who received $500.
SOURCE Scoop.com.nz: Auckland students win by sustainable design.
Government plans for a competition to “set the design standards” for its eco-towns programme have been delayed by at least a year amid mounting hostility to the 10 proposed developments.
The contest, announced last October by then housing minister Yvette Cooper, was set to involve “leading creative thinkers” in architecture and landscape design, as well as a so-called citizens’ panel. It was due to name winning proposals early this year.
But the competition, run by Cabe, the RIBA and the Prince’s Foundation, has now been mothballed until this October.
SOURCE: Building Design – Government delays eco-town design competition -
Times Square is about to receive New York City’s first green-powered electronic billboard. Tokyo-based Ricoh Company, Ltd. will install a 47 by 126 foot sign on the Reuters Building (3 Times Square, at the northwestern corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue) that will draw power from 45 solar panels and 4 wind turbines. In what should be an interesting twist, if the photovoltaics do not receive sufficient sunlight or winds are not strong enough to drive the turbines, the sign will simply not illuminate. According to Ricoh, the installation should account for a reduction of 18 tons in carbon dioxide per year.
SOURCE: greenbuildingsNYC: New York City’s Green Real Estate Blog.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has urged cities across the country to keep extra copies of local urban planning files in other localities to preserve data against emergencies and disasters.
In the devastating May 12 earthquake in southwest China, such files in many regions, including Wenchuan, Beichuan and Pingwu, were either buried, destroyed or severely damaged.
SOURCE: Xinhua – China quake prompts call for back-up copies of urban files
Working Architecture Group (WAG) has won this year’s Workspace Group Urbantine Project competition for fast architecture, part of Tent London, the London Design Festival show for emerging talent.
The London-based practice’s Open Tables Ecology – ‘a study in contemporary interaction theory’ – will be constructed and displayed on-site at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, East London, from 18-21 September.
SOURCE: Architect’s Journal: Working Architecture Group wins ‘fast architecture’ competition.