Locating itself on a bisecting garden and artiﬁcial path weaving through downtown Boston, the concept for a new YMCA proposes a continuation of this existing green space and to articulate the notion of a program as path which is made up of ﬁtness, cultural and housing program elements. The unique idea is to gather and use the energy created with the activities intrinsic within each program category, such as running on a treadmill, for instance. The collected energy will then be stored in batteries and used for public purposes such as lighting the pathways or completely running the YMCA building. The striking vision of this project is the conviction that no energy source is too small to be exploited.
The winners of the second North American Holcim Awards competition for Sustainable Construction projects were announced at a ceremony in Montreal. Total prize money of USD 270,000 was presented to nine projects from Canada and the United States that showcase the latest approaches to address critical topics including housing affordability, employment, renewable energy, and water efficiency.Read more » pour en savoir plus : Les meilleurs projets de construction durable à l’honneur (French) »
The new YMCA is located on a bisecting garden and path that meanders through the city’s heart. The Responsive urban downtown activity center continues this existing green space with a program of fitness, cultural and housing elements. Energy from all activities (e.g. a jogger) can be collected to then power the infrastructure on-site (e.g. path lighting).Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.74 MB) »