The Integrated Living Community pilot project for an army base in Missouri is a case study for a 20 year master plan to change the planning of all 280 American military installations to a state of net positive energy, net zero water, and net zero waste. The project reflects the specific requirement of the military in relation to sustainability, with an additional motivation for independent systems to withstand disasters. The research led to a holistic strategy from road planning and master plan level to building design and incorporating a diversification in energy supply, water supply and waste disposal, focusing on reduction and renewable sources.
Comment of the Holcim Awards jury North America
The jury applauds the adaptation of sustainable planning and construction to the military field in general and moreover in this instance for the serious and profound strategy, based on an impressive multidisciplinary research. Due to security requirements, the concept may not yet respond to certain criteria of participatory approaches and the aesthetic approach remains specific to the site’s functionality. However, the jury appreciates the transparency to contribute research findings and exchange them with the civil world of research.