Register: MAY/14/2020, Submit: JUN/29/2020, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 80 USD, students 60 USD NOV/06 – DEC/13/2019); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 100 USD, students 70 USD (DEC/14/2019 – FEB/11/2020); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 80 USD (FEB/12 – MAY/14/2020, Awards: 1st Prize: 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize: 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize: 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
The human race has caused massive damage to the environment, much of it irreversible. The world is changing at an alarming rate and the majority of scientists are in agreement that climate change is a direct result of human activities. Increasing temperature, deforestation, depletion of natural resources, species extinction, pollution, and waste build-up are just some of the problems resulting from the constantly growing human population. In 2018, the World Wildlife Foundation released its Living Planet report which revealed that a shocking 60% of the planet’s animals, birds, and fish have been killed by human activity since 1970. The constant demand for food and resources from a booming global population has caused innumerable species to die out, which will ultimately have a direct impact on humanity.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) outlined some of the consequences if current trends and behaviors are not changed. It predicts that by 2050 there will be an addition 2 billion people on Earth. The impact of that will likely mean lower standards of living, with pollution set to become the biggest cause of premature death, killing an estimated 3.6 million people per year by 2050. The massive growth in population would result in a 55% increase in demand for water, and 40% of the world’s population living under severe water stress.
Dependency on fossil fuels would mean a 70% increase in carbon dioxide emissions, which would then result in global average temperatures increasing by 3° to 6° Celsius by 2100. The World Health Organization said the following about climate change,
“Climate change affects the fundamental requirements for health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Many of the major killers such as diarrheal diseases, malnutrition, malaria and dengue are highly climate-sensitive and are expected to worsen as the climate changes. Areas with weak health infrastructure – mostly in developing countries – will be the least able to cope without assistance to prepare and respond. Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through better transport, food and energy-use choices can result in improved health.”
THE COMPETITION LEGENDARY BIRD HOME 2020
For the Legendary Bird Home 2020 competition, participants are tasked with presenting innovative and attention-grabbing designs for a bird house that can be built at home, using materials and building methods that are both environmentally sustainable and easily available.
Each project will need to include details of the building method and the materials to be used, ensuring that the structure could be built by a single person with tools that are widely available. In order to make the project more accessible, simple tools that are available at home are recommended, however more sophisticated techniques – like the use of a laser cutter – can be proposed.
The winning designs will receive a share of the prize fund as well as media coverage, and their designs will be put forward for production and sale on birdly.org, with half of the profit donated to selected charities.
For the Birdly Bird Home 2020 competition, designs will need to marry aesthetics, functionality and sustainability.
Important points to consider:
- While the exterior look should be appealing to consumers, it should also have a natural color so that it blends in with its surroundings
- Try to propose natural, sustainable construction materials in your design.
- Do not include perches or other exterior accessories as they can make it easier for predators to reach nestlings.
- Include drainage holes to improve ventilation and remove water and waste. (Note: also include a way to access the interior for seasonal cleaning such as a hinged roof or side door).
- Reduce the risk of water damage and flooding by including a deep roof overhang or countersunk hole.
- As there is no one single species of bird that the home would need to fit – the proposed designs should be modifiable by Birdly (in terms of size), to fit birds in different regions.
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