Registration Deadline: 03/06/2013 – Submission Deadline: 05/22/2013 – Category: Regional, Student – Open To: Students and recently graduates from the U.S. and Canada – Entry Fee: None – Awards: 1st Prize: student $7,500, faculty sponsor $2,500, 2nd Prize: student $5,000, faculty sponsor $1,500, 3rd Prize: student $2,500, faculty sponsor $1,000, recent graduate $10,000
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition for the 2012-2013 academic year. The competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design (SCE).
The program is intended to engage students and recent graduates, working individually or in teams to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with buildings that are made from renewable resources, offer expedient affordable construction, innovate with new and old wooden materials, and provide healthy living / working environments.
The competition challenges participants to design a mid-rise, mixed-use complex with affordable housing units, a job training/educational facility, a center for innovative manufacturing of wood technology, and a distribution center. The project site is in Red Hook, Brooklyn a neighborhood in some flux, cut off from much of Brooklyn geographically, yet increasingly vibrant.
Aspiring to regenerate a dissipating urban manufacturing sector and address the housing needs of New York City, entrants will be asked to design a place for the creation of originative vocational opportunities embracing new wood technology. Entrants will be challenged to propose construction systems in scenarios that draw optimally on the performance characteristics of a variety of wood technologies.
The diversified program proposes several spatial conditions, span distances, and environmental criteria in order to elicit a diverse group of architectural compositions and technological solutions that incorporate the use of differing structural, framing, and detail-oriented components. Such conditions may be:
• Vertical mid-rise framing (i.e. Mass Timber Systems such as CLT and FFTT)
• Interior partitioning (stud framing or modular panelized systems)
• Exterior cladding (modular assemblies)
• Long-span structure (glulam beams, truss joists, or other composite members)