Each year, the DVGBC conducts a Sustainable Design Competition to engage students from regional colleges and universities. Professors are encouraged to incorporate the Design Competition with the Spring 2010 college and university curriculum. This year the DVGBC would also like to invite young professionals to enter the competition. Integrated with the LEED Green Building Rating System, the Design Competition unites students and young professionals with esteemed individuals from the DVGBC and the local design community. The goal is to incorporate sustainable design strategies into the college curriculum and empower the students and young professionals within the green building movement to become future leaders.
The competition will award a number of cash prizes as well as a grand prize stipend to attend Greenbuild, the USGBC’s annual Green Building Conference and Expo (http://www.greenbuildexpo.org). Greenbuild 2010 will be held in Chicago.
With the rise of fossil fuel and parking costs, Philadelphia has experienced an increased number of bicyclists within the city. To encourage this growth, the City of Philadelphia is expanding urban infrastructure to promote bicycle ridership and ensure bicyclist safety, such as the installation of bicycle racks and additional bicycle lanes for major roadways. As an alternative to single-occupant automobile use, bicycles produce no smog-forming or greenhouse gas emissions and reduce traffic congestion and noise pollution. Most importantly, bicycles promote an active and healthy lifestyle. The project shall act as a gathering space for visitors exploring the city by bike, while also providing shower and changing facilities for commuters on their way to work. The project site must be located adjacent to a major public transportation hub to allow for connections to the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Participants are encouraged to consider how the project interfaces with the city as a whole. Due to the environmental and human health benefits associated with bicycle use, this project is well suited for the exploration of the principles of integrated design, sustainability and innovation.
The Competition is open to all college and university level students as well as young professionals within 2 years of graduation. Participants may work individually or as part of a team. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged within and between educational institutions. Teams may be no larger than 5 individuals and only one entry is permitted per team. We strongly encourage individuals not participating as part of a design studio class to secure a faculty member or industry professional to act as an advisor during the design portion of the competition. Please check the USGBC website for a list of LEED Accredited Professionals in your area or contact your local USGBC chapter for help in identifying a professional advisor.
Each entry, whether individual or team, must consist of one (1) 30” x 40” foamcore or rigid poster board presentation board. Drawings must be mounted or drawn directly on the presentation boards in a landscape or portrait orientation. Any two-dimensional media may be used to present concepts including three-dimensional renderings, other digital renderings, photography, collage and hand renderings. All submissions must include a scaled and labeled site plan, building floor plans and a representation of the building elevations and building section information. Elevations and building section information is not limited to conventional oblique drawings. Presentation of the site selection analysis is strongly encouraged, particularly if the site selection was driven by sustainable thinking. LEED is a guideline, not a standard. Do not include any type of LEED ‘scorecard’ on the board. Please be aware that a 1” x 1” tag will be placed on the lower right hand corner of the board during judging and presentation.
Each entry must also submit a written design analysis of no more than 200 words discussing both design intentions and sustainable design strategies. The written design analysis may be incorporated directly into the information on the front of the presentation board or alternatively attached to the board in an envelope securely mounted to the back of the board.
All entries must include two digital copies of the presentation board and a PDF of the
written design analysis on a compact disk media. One digital copy should be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format at 300 dpi, full size; the other copy should be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format at 72 dpi or web resolution.
The presentation board, with envelope including printed written statement, CD, submission form and survey in an envelope attached to the back of the board must be received by Monday, May 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 PM at the DVGBC office located at (Failure to follow the submission requirements could result in disqualification at the judges’ discretion.): 1617 JFK Blvd., Suite 999 One Penn Center Philadelphia, PA 19103
http://dvgbc.org/files/file/Student Design Competition Files/2010_Competition_Program.pdf