Metals in Construction magazine 2017 Design Challenge: Reimagine Structure

We invite architects, engineers, and students around the world to submit their visions for reducing energy consumption in the built environment by minimizing a building’s embodied energy.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Material, Sculpture
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 1 February 2017 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
1 February 2017
Eligibility All

The Metals in Construction magazine 2017 Design Challenge invites architects and engineers to submit their design for a high-rise building that integrates its enclosure and its primary structure for the purpose of minimizing embodied energy. A hybrid frame-and-skin structure can accomplish this by minimizing the materials used in the building’s construction. Studies show that the amount of CO2 emissions embodied in producing construction materials accounts for more than 50 percent of the energy consumed by a building during its lifetime. In highly energy efficient buildings, those embodied emissions can account for almost 300 percent of that energy consumption.
To help reduce embodied energy, the magazine challenges participants to substitute a hybrid frame-and-skin system for the typical aluminum-and-glass curtain wall of a steel-framed high-rise office building. The design must integrate elements providing environmental protection and resistance to wind and seismic forces. Entries will be judged on the amount of embodied energy reduced in the form of building mass, as well as on the overall performance of the enclosure.

Lise Anne Couture, Asymptote Architecture
Michael D. Flynn, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Marc Simmons, BArch, BES, Front Inc.
Craig Schwitter, PE, BuroHappold Engineering
Ahmad Rahimian, PhD, PE, SE FASCE, WSP | PB USA
Hauke Jungjohann, Thornton Tomasetti
Patrice Derrington, PhD (Moderator), CURE, Columbia GSAPP

One grand prize: $15,000
Up to 15 honorable mentions

Entry Fee
$100 per team or individual entrant
$125 after November 15, 2016

The winner will be invited to a half-day conference on February 24, 2017.

Steel Institute of New York, Ornamental Metal Institute of New York

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