Urban Re:Visions's Re:Construct Competition Winners Announced at West Coast Green 2008

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Urban Re:Vision is a San Francisco-based, internationally partnered sustainability group whose main focus is finding fresh ideas and ways to look at building and design, so that we can radically alter how we construct our world and make it sustainable and eco-friendly.

They’ve launched a series of five competitions that look at energy, transportation, economy, urban planning and building materials. All of these competitions will lead to a revamp of six square blocks in a major city utilizing the ideas generated by the winners of each category.

The winners of Re:Construct, the building materials arm of the project, have been announced today here at West Coast Green. The three winners have presented some very cool angles for sustainable construction. Urban Re:Vision Considers Every Angle
Under consideration for the category of Re:Construct were finding better technologies, net zero energy consumption for the built environments, and construction would need to be multipurpose, efficient, livable, non-toxic, non-destructive, affordable, adaptable, and logical. Also taken into account were LEED requirements and limitations, air quality, and cradle to cradle design among many other elements. With these things in mind, entries were weighed and three stood out as winners.

Winners of Urban Re:Vision’s Re:Construct Category:
Map Compression Block: A wall made of compressed, outdated maps that are very difficult to recycle
By Nicky Kirk, Amenity Space, London UK

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Ordinance Survey (Great Brittan's national mapping service) outdated maps are difficult to recycle due to the inks not being compatible with the pulping process. The solution can be to create thermally efficient and structurally sound building blocks by stacking the outdated maps

(Collaborative) Human (Water) Pump - One step=One drop
By Gunwook Nam, Seoul, South Korea

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The lack of water in many areas of the world is a significant problem. One solution may be to utilize the shock energy of millions of human steps to pump ground water into a system to use for drinking and farming. The concept: "A wooden deck structure installed on walkway systems that includes spring-loaded floors can collect shock energy from human steps. This energy will be collected through pumping underground water through the deck floor to the roof and spraying out the water."

One Day Poem Pavillion
By Jiyeon Song, Buena Park, California

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The concept: "A time and light sensitive dome-like sculpture, public art installation that pushes the boundaries of communication and experience of/within a space/place. By combining time and light-based concepts such as the One Day Poem Pavillion with architecture, it has the potential to bring new meaning to structures and meanings can be formed by those who live within the structures. The One Day Poem Pavilion demonstrates the poetic, transitory, site-sensitive and time-based nature of light and shadow. This technique has the potential for producing particular effects and meanings within an architectural environment."

The announcement for which city will be revamped using Re:Vision innovation is to be announced soon.

More on Re:Vision:
Re:Vision: Imagining the Sustainable Community
Re:Vision Foments Re:Volt, the First of Five Design Competitions
More on West Coast Green:
West Coast Green 2008 Goes Solar Powered with SolaRover
The Reclaimer Diverts Lumber From Near-Capacity Landfills
An In-Depth Look At Harbinger, West Coast Green 2008's Showhouse

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