Califia Sketchbook

Califia is envisioned as a world-class real estate development and model ecocity. The purpose of this competition is to express to a wide variety of people what life will be like in Califia, a proposed next generation eco-city.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International Architecture Idea Competition
Genre Urban
Country United States
Registration Deadline 1 November 2007 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 1 December 2007 (Must be Postmarked or via Online, See "Entry Fee" below)
Eligibility Open to any person(s) including architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, artists, students and anyone who is interested in contributing their imaginative ideas on the future of the sustainable city

Califia will be built on roughly 100-1,000 acres, either as a large urban infill development or on a rural site within a one-hour drive of San Francisco. The project will house an estimated 10,000 residents and support a daytime population of 20,000 or more when complete. As a comprehensive mixed-use micro-city model, the project will combine a variety of residential configurations with a full complement of civic, retail, and commercial spaces. Califia will synergize leading-edge green building design, advanced energy, communications, and technology systems, and innovative social frameworks integrated with exquisite natural environments to create third millennium human habitats.

In the development of the Califia Ecocity, the Green Century Institute (GCI) will leverage strategic investment partnerships for dedicated technology, health, education, hotel, and green enterprise components. GCI was established in 2002 as a fiscally sponsored project of RSF Social Finance. GCI’s activities have included hosting influential conferences with industry experts and potential community stakeholders to develop the full design concept for the Califia Ecocity.

The chief factors to be addressed are those that respond to the most vexing problems of North American society’s relationship with itself and its environment:

* An overemphasis on the individual and resulting negative impact on community, leading to isolation and higher consumption
* Fundamentally mistaking consumer standard of living for true quality of life
* The false assumption that the world’s resources are limitless
* Dissociation from the natural environmental and the subsequent abuse of the land.

Jeffrey Till (Director, McDonough & Partners SF)
Tom Jaggers (Partner/CTO, Jerde International Partnership)
Eric Corey Freed (Principal, Organic Architect )
Andrew Lawton (AutoDesk)
Wendy Brawer (Founder, Modern World Design / Green Map System)
Todd Metlen (Principal, Design + Vision)
Andreas Edwards (Founder, EduTracks)
Richard Register (Founder/Director, Ecocity Builders)

Competition Type
One-Stage, Anonymous Competition

2 cash prizes and 10 honorable mentions
Honorable mentions will be awarded in categories determined by the Jury.
Cash prizes will be $2000 for the winner and $1000 for the runner-up.
These winning entries will be displayed in an exhibition detailing the work of the competition, along with other worthy selections. Additionally, GCI will endeavor to publish these top twelve winning sketches along with others in a future print monograph entitled CALIFIA SKETCHBOOK: GREEN CITY OF TOMORROW. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet distinguished members of the competition Jury and will receive priority consideration as consultants in the planning and development phases of the Califia Ecocity.
All qualifying entries will be published digitally on the Green Century Institute website for the public good.

Entry Fee
$40 for 1 entry, $75 for 2 entries, $100 for 3 entries, $30 for each additional entry (beyond 3)
Late entries (post marked after December 1, 2007) must include a $25 late fee, per submission.
Entries postmarked after December 15, 2007, will be accepted only on a case-by-case basis.

Sketchbook Sketches: 300 dpi resolution, must be in RGB color format, must be 8.5 x 11 inches in size, must be viewed correctly in the landscape aspect ratio, and must be in one of the following file formats: JPG, PSD, EPS, TIFF.
Design Abstract: in DOC or PDF format

Jury review of submissions: December 2, 2007 - February 29, 2008
Jury selection of winners (not yet publicly announced): March 1, 2008
Announcement of winners at the 2008 Ecocity World Summit: April 22, 2008
Exhibit of winning entries at a San Francisco museum/gallery: April/May 2008
Print Publication: Late 2009

Green Century Institute

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