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Winners Announced for Architecture for Humanity Vancouver’s “NEXT BIG ONE” Competition

Winners Announced for Architecture for Humanity Vancouver’s “NEXT BIG ONE” Competition
Winners Announced for Architecture for Humanity Vancouver’s “NEXT BIG ONE” Competition, "Modular Landscapes" was designed in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
"Modular Landscapes" was designed in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter has unveiled the winners of "NEXT BIG ONE," an open call for design solutions to high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami events that plague cities around the world. Project teams were challenged to propose a solution that "can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence."  

A jury comprised of leading architects and professionals from Architecture Research Office (Stephen Cassell), Perkins + Will (Susan Gushe), Bing Thom Architects (Eileen Keenan), Scott & Scott Architects (David Scott), and the City of Vancouver (Doug Smith) evaluated the projects. Entries were evaluated based on three key criteria: the exemplification of innovation in disaster design, promotion of community resiliency before and after disasters, and compliance with multi-hazard parameters for worst-case disaster scenarios.

Entry No. 626137 - Safety Arena. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626514 - Revive the Moat. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626139 - Modular Landscapes. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter Entry No. 626536 - Aqua Estate. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter + 16

Find out more about the winning projects after the break.

The competition was held in conjunction with the City of Vancouver and University of British Columbia's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Awards were divided into two categories: design professionals and emerging designers, with each category featuring one winner and three honourable mentions. Winning professional and emerging designers will receive $3000 and $1500 Canadian Dollars for their entries, respectively. 

Category: Emerging Designers

First Place: The Bing Thom Emerging Designers Award
Project Title: Revive the Moat
Design Team: Yoshihiro Kaneko (Tokyo, Japan)

Entry No. 626514 - Revive the Moat. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
Entry No. 626514 - Revive the Moat. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Emerging Designers Honourable Mention
Project Title
: Modular Landscapes
Project Team:Felix Cheong (Toronto, Canada)

Entry No. 626139 - Modular Landscapes. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
Entry No. 626139 - Modular Landscapes. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Emerging Designers Honourable Mention
Project Title
: Aqua-Estate
Project Team: Jakub Senkowski, Agata Palach, Monika Chrapczynska, Teodor Michalski Katarzyna Klimasz (Krakow, Poland)

Entry No. 626536 - Aqua Estate. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
Entry No. 626536 - Aqua Estate. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Emerging Designers Honourable Mention
Project Title: Lost Lagoon
Project Team: Marina Polets, Irola Andoni, Karolina Wieja, Dariusz Dziwak Adam Mierzwa, Jan Borowicz, Wiktoria Wesolowska, Karen Foo (Krakow, Poland)

Entry No. 626539 - Lost Lagoon. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
Entry No. 626539 - Lost Lagoon. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Category: Design Professionals

First Place: Design Professionals Award
Project Title: Eco-Fort
Project Team: Grant C. LaBossiere, Joseph G. Orobia (Winnipeg, Canada)

Entry No. 626128 - Eco-Fort. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
Entry No. 626128 - Eco-Fort. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Design Professional Honourable Mention
Project Title: Magic Carpets
Project Team: Alejandro Iglesias, Enrique Martin (Madrid, Spain)

Entry No. 626132 - Magic Carpets. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
Entry No. 626132 - Magic Carpets. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Design Professional Honourable Mention
Project Title
: Safety Arena
Project Team: Andrea Pauletich, Stephano Cova, Caterina Spangher (Trieste, Italy)

Entry No. 626137 - Safety Arena. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
Entry No. 626137 - Safety Arena. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Design Professional Honourable Mention
Project Title: Neuva Valdivia
Project Team: Daniela Sanchez Saez, Albert Castejon (Barcelona, Spain)

Entry No. 626146 - Neuva Valdivia. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter
Entry No. 626146 - Neuva Valdivia. Image Courtesy of Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter

Find out more about "Next Big One" on the project website

Cite: Finn MacLeod. "Winners Announced for Architecture for Humanity Vancouver’s “NEXT BIG ONE” Competition" 08 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/565274/winners-announced-for-architecture-for-humanity-vancouver-s-next-big-one-competition/> ISSN 0719-8884