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Colombia, Medellín | Gold, Latin America, 2014 | Gold, GLOBAL, 2015

Articulated Site
Articulated Site

This project for a public park centers on creating spaces around and above a series of water reservoirs. Architectural form takes inspiration from the site’s history, surrounding topography, and structure of the existing tanks and pools, resulting in an intervention with minimal environmental impact. Special attention is given to water management, using recycling technologies involving rainwater and grey water harvesting through simple systems for irrigation of the park. 

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Mario Fernando Camargo Gómez - Colectivo720, Cali, Colombia; Luis Orlando Tombé Hurtado - Colectivo720, Cali, Colombia Read more »

Sri Lanka, Ambepussa | Bronze, Asia Pacific, 2014 | Silver, GLOBAL, 2015

Post-War Collective
Post-War Collective

With the aim of reintegrating former soldiers into post-civil war society, young men from underprivileged backgrounds are trained in building techniques through their involvement in the construction of public buildings – such as this Community Library. The slender building sits lightly in the landscape and wraps around an inner courtyard, taking full advantage of cross ventilation and daylighting. Rammed-earth walls and recycled materials reduce the building’s ecological footprint.

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Milinda Pathiraja - Robust Architecture Workshop, Colombo, Sri Lanka Read more »

USA, New York | Silver, North America, 2014 | Bronze, GLOBAL, 2015

The Dryline
The Dryline

The Dryline (or BIG U) project addresses the vulnerability of New York City to coastal flooding and proposes a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan. The master plan uses a raised berm to create a sequence of public spaces along the raised bank at the water’s edge. The infrastructural barrier incorporates a range of neighborhood functions and as a result offers multiple design opportunities, fostering local commercial, recreational, and cultural activities.

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Kai-Uwe Bergmann - BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, USA; Bjarke Ingels - BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, USA; Matthijs Bouw - One Architecture, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Thomas Christoffersen - BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, USA; Daniel Kidd - BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, USA; Jeremy Siegel - BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, New York, USA; Laura Starr - Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, New York, USA; Stephen Whitehouse - Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, New York, USA; Andrea Parker - Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, New York, USA; Melon Wedick - Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, New York, USA; James Lima - James Lima Planning + Development, New York, USA; Steven Baumgartner - Buro Happold Engineering, New York, USA; Byron Stigge - Level Agency for Infrastructure, New York, USA; Ivo de Jeu - One Architecture, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Christina Kaunzinger - Green Shield Ecology, Bridgewater, USA; Edgar J. Westerhof - ARCADIS, USA; Daniel Payne - AEA Consulting, Beacon, USA; Prem Krishnamurthy - Project Projects, New York, New York, USA Read more »

Thailand, Bangkok | Acknowledgement prize, Asia Pacific, 2014

Resurrected Canals
Resurrected Canals

Addressing notoriously congested traffic conditions, this concept revives ancient canals of the city to create a modern network of waterways to supplement existing Metropolitan Rapid Transit. A train-to-boat transfer station and pier will then be built at various intersections of canal lines and rail stations. The development of water transport will reduce commuting time and provide social services at key locations, and includes flood control and pollution reduction measures.

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Santi Sombatwichatorn - D I Designs, Bangkok, Thailand Read more »

Nigeria, Port Harcourt | Acknowledgement prize, Africa Middle East, 2014

Chicoco Radio
Chicoco Radio

Chicoco Radio is a floating media platform that will be built with and for the residents of the waterfront slum communities of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The structure is conceived as a linear public space connecting land and water. The design is part of the “African Water Cities” project, which investigates the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of rapid urbanization and climate change in African coastal cities. A participatory venture using locally produced materials, Chicoco Radio will be the community’s voice and will include recording studios, a computer center, meeting rooms, cinema, and an amphitheater.

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Kunlé Adeyemi - NLÉ Works, Lagos, Nigeria Read more »

USA, Miami | "Next Generation" 1st prize, North America, 2011

Reinforced mangrove protective infrastructure
Reinforced mangrove protective infrastructure

This project addresses a strategy to strengthen mangrove forests along coastlines to reinforce the natural protection of the coastal communities against the threat of tsunamis. This issue with global relevance is taken up with Miami as a case study. The project shows the high capacity of the plant structure to break down the wave’s energy in comparison to vertical walls. 

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Keith Van de Riet - Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), New York, USA Read more »

Mexico, San Andrés Payuca | Bronze, Latin America, 2014

Children’s House
Children’s House

Children’s House is founded on an alternative educational model, offering activities that find solutions to the real problems of the population in a rural community. The curriculum includes instruction in agriculture, farming and building construction, in addition to normal course work. The school’s design – arranged by Fundación la Concepción and self-built by the community – proposes the use of cement-reinforced compacted blocks using local earth.

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Francisco Pardo - AT103, Mexico City, Mexico; Julio Amezcua - AT103, Mexico City, Mexico Read more »

Nepal, Kathmandu | Silver, Asia Pacific, 2014

Children’s Ziggurat
Children’s Ziggurat

The Lali Gurans orphanage and library addresses the needs of an under-served rural population. In a context lacking basic infrastructure, the new facility utilizes low-technology renewable energy and material resources, local craftsmanship, and vertical gardens for insulation and food, thus significantly reducing operating costs. The project also addresses the needs of the nearby communities by offering a library accessible to the public and a seismically stable refuge area during earthquakes.

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Hilary Sample - MOS Architects, New York, USA; Michael Meredith - MOS Architects, New York, USA Read more »

Turkey, Ankara | Gold, Africa Middle East, 2014

Eco-Techno Park
Eco-Techno Park

An Eco-Park for sustainable research and technology that will promote small and middle-sized enterprises is planned for Ortadoğu Sanayi ve Ticaret Merkezi (OSTİM), an industrial zone located in Ankara. The project aims to maintain the site’s landscape. Offices, conference and workshop spaces are embedded within the terraced landscape. The building – situated at the edge of the site – constitutes a landmark for the area and connects with the terraces at different levels. Designed to create a pleasant communal space for its users with minimum interference to the natural context, the project incorporates various sustainable features including natural lighting, geothermal heat pumps, green roofs, passive ventilation and water efficiency/irrigation systems.

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Onat Öktem - ONZ Architects, Ankara, Turkey; Zeynep Öktem - ONZ Architects, Ankara, Turkey Read more »

Lebanon, Beirut | Silver, Africa Middle East, 2014

Evergreen City
Evergreen City

The Beirut Pine Forest is a green space extending over more than two hectares with a natural ecosystem typical of the Mediterranean region including native tree species, shrubs, and plants. The unique green space known locally as Horsh El Snoubar or Bois de Pins is located in the middle of the capital and considered the largest botanical garden in Lebanon. A rehabilitation plan has been proposed to develop the facilities and services needed in the park for opening it to the public and promoting it for cultural, social, sports, and environmental activities – while at the same time maintaining and conserving the park’s natural habitats. Environmental standards and urban needs will be integrated in a seamless way, enhancing the sense of belonging to the wider community. 

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Raëd Abillama - Raëd Abillama Architects, Lebanon Read more »
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