It is a design contest for decarbonisation, equity and resilience, open to students and professionals from all over the world. It distribute to engage the area of architecture, design, engineering, and planning in the pursuit of sustainable design.
The contest for the 2023 is to design an agricultural center that connects the history of California’s first black town with its current aspiration to become a destination for renewable agriculture and black history.
Graduate and professional students will also design housing for the farm students on the site.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
The Architecture at Zero 2023 contest focuses on decarbonization, resilience and equity. The challenge is to design an agricultural laboratory for education and innovation, connecting the history of California’s first black town with its current aspiration to become a destination for sustainable agriculture.
All applicants will design the Education and Innovation Farm Lab. Graduate and professional students will also design housing for the farm students on the site.
Key features of this project comprise addressing equity and strength issues through the design solution.
FOUR PARTS Of CONTEST
- Firstly, the Applicants will create a general plan of the site that will house the program. Participants are encouraged to highlight energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy storage, and carbon reduction strategies or systems presented.
- Secondly, Applicants will design the building in detail, demonstrating how the design will result in reduced carbon emissions, embodied carbon, and meet the requirements of California’s Title 24 building energy efficiency standards. To indicate how the design of the building will lead to a reduction in carbon emissions, participants will provide the required documentation and may also include additional documents.
- Thirdly, Applicants are requested to describe how this project will build resilience. Participants will be asked to complete a table describing the inclusion of climate adaptation strategies and indicate on the site plan or section which aspects of the design strategies support resilience.
- Finally, Applicants are asked to reflect on how their design considers equity for the community. Applicants will be asked to write a short essay and indicate on the site map or in the section which aspects of the design strategies support equity.
Entries are decided based on the presentation of the submission, including material that highlights the resiliency and equity aspects of the submission. A technical review committee will meet to review the decarbonization strategies of each entry. This technical evaluation is then delivered to the jury. The technical evaluation is not the only criteria on which the applications will be judged, but acts as a complement to the general evaluation of the project design.
Entries are weighed severally, not in contest with others. The decisions of the jury will be based solely on the documents presented. Conditions include quality of design, resolution of the program or idea, innovation, thoughtfulness, and technique.
Winners will be announced on July 14, 2023 during an online event.