The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has announced the winners of the Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition, a student competition exploring wood as an innovative building material. Out of more than 850 architectural student entries, three winners have been selected, along with two honorable mentions, with prizes totaling $40,000.
The competition focused on a site in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and asked for designs for inhabitation, repose, recreation, and local small-scale commercial exchange, all while embracing the possibilities of wood and a variety of wood technologies.
Today, timber is being used in new, innovative ways to help address the economic and environmental challenges of the build environment,” said Cees de Jager, executive director of BSLC. “This competition brought to life the way the design community is recognizing the benefits of wood–from reduced economic and environmental impact to enhanced aesthetic value and structural performance–to design buildings and communities of the future.
The winners of the Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition are:
First Place: Stack Exchange / Students: Buddy Burkhalter, Mingjun Yin, and Connor Irick, University of Washington, Faculty Sponsors: Richard Mohler and Elizabeth Golden, University of Washington
Second Place: Hybrid Domains / Students: Greg Stacy, Benjamin Wright, Alex Kendle, and Michael Meer, University of Oregon, Faculty Sponsor: Judith Sheine and Mark Donofrio, University of Oregon, and Mikhail Gershfeld, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Third Place: Grid + Grain / Students: Everardo Lopez, Lauren McWhorter, and Jesce Walz, University of Washington, Faculty Sponsors: Richard Mohler and Elizabeth Golden, University of Washington
Honorable Mention: Within a Timber Glade / Students: Ross Silverman, Kelly Hayes, James Ko, and Caitlin Powell, Philadelphia University, Faculty Sponsors: Lisa Phillips, Li Hao, and Edgar Stach, Philadelphia University
Honorable Mention: The Delancey Cut / Students: Zachary Jorgensen, Elizabeth Kelley, and Charles Landefeld, University of Washington, Faculty Sponsors: Richard Mohler and Elizabeth Golden, University of Washington
Learn more about the projects here.
The winning projects will be on display at the 2016 Greenbuild Conference in Los Angeles in October, the 2017 ACSA Annual Meeting in Detroit in March and the American Institute of Architects 2017 Convention in Orland in April.