d3 Natural System 2013

This competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based influences in architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Sustainability
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 1 July 2013 GoogleCal iCal
15 July 2013 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

The 2013 competition calls for innovative proposals that advance sustainable thought and performance through the study of intrinsic environmental geometries, behaviors, and flows. By identifying, examining, and applying their structural order on form and function- -bottom-up, performance-based solutions for limitless building typologies, functional programs, and material conditions may be realized.
An architecture of emergence suggests that design expression requires purpose beyond formal assumption and aesthetic experimentation itself. Concurrent with sustainable thought, the d3 Natural Systems competition assumes that architecture does not simply form, but rather perform various functions beyond those conventionally associated with buildings. Design submissions must be environmentally responsible while advancing inventive conceptual solutions. Although proposals should be technologically feasible, they may suggest fantastical architectural visions of a sustainable global future.
The d3 Natural Systems competition allows designers freedom to approach their creative process in a scale-appropriate manner--from large-scale master planning endeavors, to individual building concepts, to notions of interior detail. Accordingly, there are no restrictions on site, scale, program, or building typology, proposals should carefully address their selected context.

To be announced

First Place: $1250
Second Place: $1000
Third Place: $750
Special Mentions Categories: Urban Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Deployable, Landscape Architecture, Deployable, Landscape Urbanism, Modular/Industrial Design, NYC Strategy

Entry Fee
Professional entry: $50 USD

2 Boards (60cmx100cm) and a Statement of design intent

Jury convenes: August 2013
Results announced: September 2013
Publication: TBD

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