International Mixed Use Community Development Design Competition

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August 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The Cascadia Green Building Council – Vancouver Island Collaborative is hosting an international design competition for a mixed-use community development project known as Esquimalt Village. This competition is open to teams from all over the world. Entrants can be students or working professionals of architecture, engineering and other technical disciplines.

Join the competition!

Prizes of up to $7000 will be available for the grand prize finalists. These prize allotments will increase as funding increases for the design competition.

The project will explore the possibilities of incorporating an innovative sewage treatment plant into the design of Esquimalt Village. The goal for the wastewater treatment system is known as Integrated Resource Recovery. By turning waste into a resource, communities can reclaim energy, heat, fertilizer and irrigation water through various integrated resource management
technologies. This not only saves the community money for important utilities, but can also provide a revenue stream for the community.

The winning entrant must demonstrate how their design will achieve as many “petals” of the “Living Building Challenge” as possible. These petals include seven performance areas:

1. Place – restoring a healthy coexistence with nature;
2. Water – creating water independent sites, buildings and communities;
3. Energy – relying only on current solar income;
4. Health and Happiness– maximizing physical and psychological health and wellbeing;
5. Materials – endorsing products and processes that are safe for all species through time;
6. Equity – supporting a just, equitable world; and
7. Beauty – celebrating plans that propose transformative change.

The entrants must also demonstrate how their design will help the Township of Esquimalt enhance its community capital (natural, physical, economic, human, social and cultural). Cities that optimize these forms of capital are more attractive places to live, work and play.

If you're interested in green building practices and responsible resource management, then this competition is for you!

The cost of registration is $100 per team. This fee directly supports administration and management of the competition.

The deadline for final submissions is March 31, 2015. View the competition design brief, and register.

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