So here's a good question get you going on a rainy Tuesday morning (at least it's rainy here in Washington, DC): What exactly will sustainable cities look like? And how will those cities incorporate their older and historic buildings? Thanks to the International Living Building Institute’s (ILBI) recently announced “Living City Design Competition,” we’re about to have a better idea.
The competition offers $125,000 in prizes to design teams for their vision of sustainable cities based on the Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge 2.0™. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is thrilled to serve as partner in this competition, and is offering a prize for the entry that offers the best vision for how older and historic buildings can be part of a sustainable future.
According to ILBI:
The Competition requires participants to select an existing city anywhere in the world and conceptually transform it through photo-realistic three-dimensional modeling and renderings. Leveraging the Living Building Challenge’s already substantial impact on the green building industry, the competition is expected to draw contributions from multi-disciplinary teams composed of the world’s most talented and daring designers, planners, artists and animators
The competition is designed to elicit compelling renderings of cities capable of meeting all of the requirements of the Living Building Challenge 2.0. Successful entries will capture the attention and imagination of a broad audience, while offering technical information capable of standing up to expert scrutiny. These visualizations will offer a corrective to popular assumptions about an inevitable future filled with high-tech, ecologically dislocated cities. Successful competition entries will be grounded in science and will illustrate a strategy for meeting the requirements of the Living Building Challenge 2.0. These entries will help reframe public aspirations for the future of urban communities by providing clear visions of true sustainability.
The first place team will receive $75,000, and the second prize is $25,000. The National Trust is offering an additional prize of $25,000, which will be awarded to the best example of a Living City that preserves and respects the historic context of its community and the existing infrastructure of 2010.
All entries must be based explicitly on the tenets of Living Building Challenge Version 2.0, and teams must be comprised of members of the Living Building Challenge community. Entry fees range from $500 from professional firms to $100 for students and those who are unemployed.
Interested in applying -- or know someone who might be? Visit ilbi.org/livingcity for more details.
Patrice Frey is the deputy director of the sustainability program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.