LBC-LA Collaborative Student Competition

Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty - Los Angeles World’s Fair (LAWF) is a social purpose company that aims to bring the World’s Fair to Los Angeles in 2022.

Distinctive pavilions and urban settings will be spread throughout Los Angeles County, located near and accessed by various metro stops along the transit system. The plans are specifically designed to encourage a grand scale transition from a car-dependent culture to widespread adoption of mass-transit. The theme of the fair is LA: The Connected City; A World Connected™ and seeks to do it on every level – from the physical to the cultural.

Pavilion Zero Concept:
Pavilion Zero will be the main pavilion at the Los Angeles World’s Fair’s™ and the initial operational epicenter and informational locus. The pavilion will act as headquarters and event center for the Fair, providing a dedicated venue for meetings, conferences, presentations, and events throughout the development and implementation of the entire project. It will set the agenda for all participating pavilions spread throughout LA’s 88 cities, demonstrating cutting­ edge infrastructure and communication technology, immersive and participatory media, community sensitivity and transportation connectivity, the promise of the fully developed LA World’s Fair™ to come.

World's Fair Pavilion Zero Competition Concept:
Design Innovation Submissions must develop an extensive plan for the LA World’s Fair 'Pavilion Zero' that meets the following requirements:

  • Understanding and incorporating the design intent of 'Pavilion Zero'. Refer to the Pavilion Zero Design Guidelines in the "Full Competition Guidelines" PDF for location and description of the project site.
  • Addressing all seven (7) LBC Petals and applicable Imperatives outlined in the Living Building Challenge version 3.1.
  • Repurposing the designed space after the World’s Fair
  • Integrating the theme of the fair, 'LA: The Connected City', through holistic design thinking that speaks to, engages and connects the local community.
  • The Pavilion Zero design shall speak to the identity and community surrounding the proposed site and include design aspects that help to remediate known problems or help to generally elevate community connectivity and social justice. Teams are encouraged to use a holistic and innovative approach to net-positive design that explores a paradigm shift within the world of design and construction.

Competition Guidelines:
Using the foundation of the 2022 LA World’s Fair and the concept of creating long-term positive impact in the various communities of Los Angeles, students are invited to develop a presentation poster using compelling visualizations to describe how their projects can achieve these concepts and transcend the Living Building Challenge.
The poster should include graphics, text, and explanatory information such that the topic is self-evident without the student’s verbal assistance. The poster title, along with students’ names and degree program should appear on the lower right corner of the board. A text description of the project no longer than 500 words should also be included on the poster.


  • 1ST: $1,500
  • 2ND: $750
  • 3RD: $250

The Innovation Awards are judged by an esteemed panel of key professionals from top architectural, engineering, institutional, analytical backgrounds and select members of the collaborative team.

Scoring Criteria:
Innovativeness and creativity: 15%
Integration of the LBC Imperatives and philosophy: 25%
Integration of the LA World’s Fair theme: 15%
Understanding of local community environment: 10%
Feasibility and constructability of concept: 10%
Ability to address local issues/constraints: 5%
Interdisciplinary Collaboration: 5%
Presentation: 15%

Instructions for Submitting Posters:
1. All materials should be submitted via email to:
2. Posters should be 30” x 40” in a portrait orientation submitted as a PDF file less than 10Mb
3. You should receive a confirmation email following your submittal
4. You cannot edit your submission once submitted

Contestants must be enrolled at a college or university. This competition is open to students internationally. Students from multidisciplinary subjects such as architecture, agriculture, business administration, real estate development, urban planning, building science, material science, engineering, product design, public policy, historic preservation, or environmental studies are encouraged to participate and form integrated teams. Teams must be at least one (1) and no more than five (5) students.

One registration ticket is needed per team in addition to emailing the following to
• Full Institution Name
• Team Name
• Contact Information for All Team Members (name, email, & major/degree)
• How did you hear about us?
Competition & LBC Resources
Click here to download full competition guidelines.
2015 Competition Entries


Have fun!

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Cite: "LBC-LA Collaborative Student Competition" 27 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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