ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE WORK TOGETHER
In the 2000 Dickson Despommier, professor of the Environmental Sciences at the Columbia University in New York, developed in collaboration with various architectural firms, the concept of vertical farms. The urban vertical farming means the cultivation of agriculture products and livestock in vertical, in multi-storey structures energy self-sufficient inserted within the metropolitan areas. The benefits offered by this technology are:
• continuous, non-seasonal, supply of agricultural products.
• elimination of the possibility of damage to the agricultural production caused by natural disasters such as droughts, floods.
• contribution to the reconstruction of the ecosystem balance through the reduction of cultivated land.
• reduction of the CO2 emissions by eliminating the use of pollutants machineries such as tractors and vehicles for the transport of goods for long distances.
• reduction of the water consumption.
• decrease of the cost of food products.
• social benefits such as creating new job opportunities and education for the community.
The goals to achieve are:
• meet the requirements of the World Green Building Council.
• determine which materials are best suited for the construction of
the vertical farm.
• identify resistant, light, transparent and long-term materials.
• experience the most innovative materials.
“The High Line, in collaboration with field operations, is a new 1.5-mile long public park built on an abandoned elevated railroad stretching from the meatpacking district to the hudson rail yards in manhattan.Inspired by the melancholic, unruly beauty of this postindustrial ruin, where nature has reclaimed a once vital piece of urban infrastructure, the new park interprets its inheritance.It translates the biodiversity that took root after it fell into ruin in a string of site-specific urban microclimates along the stretch of railway that include sunny, shady, wet, dry, windy, and sheltered spaces.Through a strategy of agri-tecture, part agriculture, part architecture. The high line surface is digitized into discrete units of paving and panting which are assembled along the 1.5 miles into a variety of gradients from 100% paving to 100% soft, richly vegetated biotopes.The paving system consists of individual pre-cast concrete planks with open joints to encourage emergent growth like wild grass through cracks in the sidewalk.The long paving units have tapered ends that comb into planting beds creating a textured, ‘pathless’ landscape where the public can meander in unscripted ways.The park accommodates the wild, the cultivated, the intimates, and the social. Access points are durational experiences designed to prolong the transition from the frenetic pace of city streets to the slow otherworldly landscape above.”
Diller&Scofidio + Renfro
Prize 5000 €
+ 5 honorable mentions
Each winning project will be published, if possible, on different scientific magazines and on several architecture blogs and websites, national and international. Winners and Honorable mentions will be published on the Website awrcompetitions.com.
Awards are intended for teams, regardless if the participation is by individuals or groups.
The prize includes bank or paypal commissions.
For all other information please see “General Rules” and
Nov 15, 2014 Promotional registration
Nov 30, 2014 Promotion registration deadline
Dec 1, 2014 Special registration begins, Question period is open
Jan 31, 2015 Special Registration Deadline
Feb 1, 2015 Early Registration begins
Mar 1, 2015 Early Registration Deadline
Mar 2, 2015 Late Registration begins
Apr 2, 2015 Late Registration Deadline
Apr 18, 2015 Project submission deadline
Apr 22, 2015 Jury meeting – Evaluation period begins
May 10, 2015 Winners’ announcement