Students have until 22 September to submit designs for the CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge to design a new recreation centre in San Francisco

Last call for entries to San Francisco CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge

Contestants ‘should employ living architecture strategies that improve the resilience of the building and site by addressing its connection to food, energy and water’.

The top eight submissions, as determined by a jury of key city officials and recognised industry leaders, will receive in-kind prizes and will have their designs on display in the expo hall during the CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall conference in San Francisco on 23 and 24 October.

From these finalists, the winning design will be selected by an online vote open to the public. The winning team will receive US$2,000 cash, plus complimentary student delegate passes to CitiesAlive for all team members and their faculty sponsor. If using Vectorworks® software in part of their submission, professional licences of Vectorworks Designer 2014 with Renderworks® will be awarded to team members, as well as lab licences for their faculty sponsor.

Entrants are asked to design a new neighborhood recreation centre for the Tenderloin neighbourhood of San Francisco, which is located near Union Square and Market Street. Home to nearly 4,000 children, the neighborhood is ethnically very diverse, but it offers a highly urbanised landscape with limited open space or recreational sites, and few opportunities for residents to find healthy food choices or fresh produce.

A new facility would provide these children with expanded space for recreation, the ability to connect with nature through rooftop green space and gardening, and the chance to learn about sustainable use of energy and water. The centre should be able to support these objectives on site through educational programmes and job training, and by the design features incorporated into the site itself.

The competition has been created for students ‘to develop innovative design solutions which blend operational functionality with optimised ecological and community impact’.

Multi-disciplinary, cross-functional academic teams are strongly encouraged (e.g. landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, urban planning, environmental sciences, media studies). Click here for more information.

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