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d3 Natural Systems 2012 Finalists

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Finalists
d3 Natural Systems 2012 First Prize: Young Bum Kim, Hung Kit Yuen; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 First Prize: Young Bum Kim, Hung Kit Yuen; Courtesy of d3

The winners of d3′s annual Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition for 2012 have been revealed! With three top prizes and ten special mentions, the results of the competition includes a variety of proposals in response to the prompt which promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies. The competitions invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to explore the potential of nature-based analysis and documentation in architectural and design applications in urbanism, architecture, interiors and designed objects. The jury included a panel of architects and designers engaged in sustainable practices and computational explorations.

Join us after the break to view the winning projects.

The first prize was awarded to Infrastructure Flows: Microclimate Terrain for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Trench by Young Bum Kim and Hung Kit Yuen.  The project proposes to reconcile the social and physical disturbance caused by the sunken, six-lane BQE that cuts through Brooklyn in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens.  The solution is for an urban-scale terrain that covers the trench and provides community amenities to be shared by residents of both sides of the urban void.  The program functions to promote social unity while also solving the environmental issues caused by the expressway.  The proposal explores ways to enhance wind flow, purify the air pollution caused by the constant flow of traffic, and create an alternative route of north-bound traffic while also enhancing pedestrian circulation to reconnect the community.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 First Prize: Young Bum Kim, Hung Kit Yuen; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 First Prize: Young Bum Kim, Hung Kit Yuen; Courtesy of d3

Second prize was awarded to TERRA FirmA by Erin Saven and Wy-men Loh which proposes an alternative to the conventional office building using the complex natural emergent systems of nature.  The project follows the guidance of bee hives, schools of fish, bird flocks and coral reefs where autonomous action following a set of rules creates an organized system with no official leader.  The physical proposal explores what an architectural landscape could look like as it sets out to create an environment where such interactions can naturally unfold.  TERRA FirmA proposes a set of spaces in an office environment that are flexible for different modes of working in a legible architectonic language.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Second Prize: Erin Saven, Wy-men Loh; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Second Prize: Erin Saven, Wy-men Loh; Courtesy of d3

The third prize was awarded to Bio-Reactive Crossing: Modular Aircraft De-Icing Fluid Detoxification System for New York JFK Airport by Inju Lee, Haeme Han, and Yunsun Shim.  The project proposes a solution to environmental concerns associated with the Aircraft De-Icing Fluid that runs off of JFK and enters Jamaica Bay untreated. The team proposes a modular system that cultivates White Rot Fungi, which treats the ADF in Jamaica Bay.  As it exists today, it is unable to support local marine life and contributes to the receding of marshlands by 33 acres annually.  The module is composed of two strips.  One is the fungi membrane reactors which raises fungi in hollow fiber membrane cartridges, and the other provides energy generated by solar panels.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Third Prize: Inju Lee, Haeme Han, Yunsun Shim; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Third Prize: Inju Lee, Haeme Han, Yunsun Shim; Courtesy of d3

Special Mention for Research Methodology was awarded to Kais Al-Rawi, Julia Koerner, Vincenzo Reale, and Mary Polites for Urban Fluctuation.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Research Methodology: Kais Al-Rawi, Julia Koerner, Vincenzo Reale, Mary Polites ; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Research Methodology: Kais Al-Rawi, Julia Koerner, Vincenzo Reale, Mary Polites ; Courtesy of d3

Spatial Sundial by Wai Wing Yun was awarded Special Mention: Performance Research.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Performance Research: Wai Wing Yun; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Performance Research: Wai Wing Yun; Courtesy of d3

Special Mention: Landscape Urbanism was awarded to Aaron OnchiRascon and Betty Sanchez for Litchen City: Mexicall.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Landmark Urbanism: Aaron OnchiRascon, Betty Sanchez ; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Landmark Urbanism: Aaron OnchiRascon, Betty Sanchez ; Courtesy of d3

Alexander Tarr won Special Mention: Environmental Systems for Accretion Creation.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Environmental Systems: Alexander Tarr; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Environmental Systems: Alexander Tarr; Courtesy of d3

Special Mention; Formal Expression was awarded to Desert Flower by Longwei Wu.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Formal Expression: Longwei Wu; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Formal Expression: Longwei Wu; Courtesy of d3

Special Mention: Alternative Typology was awarded to Andrew Lords and Leonardo Rodriguez for Unidentified: US-Mexico Borderlands Biocrematorium and Memorial.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Alternative Typology: Andrew Lords, Leonardo Rodriguez; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Alternative Typology: Andrew Lords, Leonardo Rodriguez; Courtesy of d3

Special Mention: Dystopian Future was awarded to Jing Xu and TianyiGu for City Rescuer: Detroit.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Dystopian Future: Jing Xu, TianyiGu; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Dystopian Future: Jing Xu, TianyiGu; Courtesy of d3

H Min Koh won Special Mention: Industrial Design for Hydroponic Growing System.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Industrial Design: H Min Koh ; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Industrial Design: H Min Koh ; Courtesy of d3

Will Bloomer won Special Mention: Directors’ Choice for Root Multiplicity: Stabalizing Coastal Ecologies.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Director's Choice: Will Bloomer; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Director's Choice: Will Bloomer; Courtesy of d3

Insung Son, Sinwoo Lee, Yoonseok Hwang, Eunji Lee and Bora Kim won Special Mention: Directors’ Choice for Green Earth Worm.

d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Director's Choice: Insung Son, Sinwoo Lee, Yoonseok Hwang, Eunji Lee, Bora Kim; Courtesy of d3
d3 Natural Systems 2012 Special Mention: Director's Choice: Insung Son, Sinwoo Lee, Yoonseok Hwang, Eunji Lee, Bora Kim; Courtesy of d3

For more information on this competition, and other d3 publications, exhibitions, and competitions please visit: www.d3space.org/competitions.

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Cite: Irina Vinnitskaya. "d3 Natural Systems 2012 Finalists" 17 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/274009/d3-natural-systems-2012-finalists/> ISSN 0719-8884