Our group hosts the annual USGBC EPMA competition each year. Join our next committee meeting to help plan the next competition or message one of our co-chairs for more information: Michael VanZandt Collins, DiAnn Mroszczak
Latest Activity: Jun 18, 2012
THE “NEW URBAN TREE”
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This competition is grounded in the notion that a sustainable future must incorporate the rejuvenation of our existing surroundings. The challenge of re-thinking the “new urban tree” has numerous practical and theoretical applications. Ideas of all extremes are encouraged.
Throughout our modern cities trees are inserted into our sidewalks to perform various practical tasks. Nobody argues that the existence of the tree is necessary in our cities; rather, how often do you see trees forced into environments lacking necessary elements or introducing unnatural challenges for successful growth?
We challenge participants to consider the complexity of the tree and re-conceptualize its form and function; creating a new “technology” inspired by biomimicry. Additionally, we challenge designs to consider the identity of the local community. If repeated within a greater context, how could it reflect the identity of its immediate surroundings while it still alludes to a larger network of connection?
This program summary identifies two sites within Boston. While both sites are considered urban there are apparent contrasts. Each team is to re-conceptualize the tree and illustrate your envisioned technology in both locations, detailing its intention and how it functions in the respective locations. The winner of the Level II group will work with YouthBuild Boston to construct and install their design at one location.
Email questions to: EPMAcompetition2011@gmail.com
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