ONE PRIZE is an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities.
Terreform ONE is proud to announce the winners of:
Water as the 6th Borough: Open International Design Competition to Envision the Sixth Borough of
New York City
ONE PRIZE is an annual design and science award to promote green design in cities. ONE PRIZE 2011
turned its focus to New York and its waterways, re-imagining recreational space, public transportation, local
industry, and native environment in the city. Contestants proposed designs for the NYC BLUE NETWORK and
the E3NYC CLEAN TECH WORLD EXPO by expanding waterborne transportation and linking the five
boroughs with a series of green transit hubs as well as providing in-water recreation, water-oriented
educational, cultural and commercial activities, and demonstrations of clean technology and renewable
Members of the jury panel, chaired by New York City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden, along with
Charles McKinney, Principal Urban Designer NYC Parks Department who attended in the place of Parks
Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Wellington Chen of Chinatown Partnership, Michael Colgrove of New York
State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Helena Durst of the Durst Organization,
Matthias Hollwich of Architizer, Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Roland Lewis of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and
Roberta Weisbrod of Sustainable Ports met at the AIA New York Chapter: Center for Architecture to narrow
down 30 semifinalists to one winner and three honorable mentions. Jury members Kate Ascher of Buro
Happold Consulting, James Corner of Field Operations, David Gouverneur of the University of Pennsylvania,
and Victoria Marshall of Parsons School of Design were unable to attend, but their scores, sent in before the
meeting, were unanimous with the with the results of the session.
Roberta Weisbrod, Charles McKinney, Matthias Hollwich, Maria Aiolova, Amanda Burden, Bjarke Ingels,
Wellington Chen and Helena Durst. (from left to right)
The ONE Prize is excited to present prizes to many young architects and designers who submitted the four
selected entries. The grand prize winners, Ali Fard and Ghazal Jafari are both recent graduates of the
University of Toronto. The three honorable mention teams are the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable
Design led by Kevin Bone, an entrepreneurial design practice RUX Design, New York, and a group of recent
graduates from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
WINNER: PARALLEL NETWORKS -- Ali Fard and Ghazal Jafari, Canada
Parallel Networks, stood out to the jury with a synthesis of economy, environment, transportation, and
recreation in a versatile, attractive proposal. A scaleable, flexible design, Parallel Networks remained
compellingly feasible with an exciting public space integrated with energy production, water cleansing, and
habitat creation. Commissioner Burden praised Parallel Networks with these words, â€œThe winning entry,
Parallel Networks, is very rich proposal that takes on all of the major themes of the Cityâ€™s new waterfront
plan, Vision 2020. The design includes an exciting public recreational space in the Bronx integrated with
energy production, water cleansing, and enhancement of natural habitats. In addition, the proposal
referenced the needs of the maritime industry, and included boat tie up and maritime services on an artificial
reef.â€� ONE PRIZEâ€™s multifaceted design brief brought in a wide variety of proposals, and the jury
selected three honorable mentions to represent the three general groups of entries: Developing water-borne
culture; Envisioning a comprehensive transportation system; and addressing intensifying environmental
The three honorable mentions went to:
W.O.W NYC -- RUX Design LLC, USA, Russell Greenberg, Christopher Beardsley, and Joseph Corsi.
This proposal brought pieces of the New York City grid into the river, obliterating the disconnect between
boroughs and providing vast new territory and incentive for development. RUX Designâ€™s short term intent
is an economic one, but in the long term â€œthe vibrant water-born culture and infrastructure that develops
along the W.O.W. connections will ease the inevitable transition Manhattan faces as the ocean rise and
devour terra firma.â€� The jury picked the proposal for its imagination and clear vision of dissolving
boundaries between boroughs by drawing urban life onto the waterways themselves Bjarke Ingels was
inspired by the â€œaccumulative additive form of urbanismâ€� which presents a â€œfull on fantasy of what
aquatic urbanism could be likeâ€�.
ENHANCEMENT OF ESTUARY AND ECOLOGICAL SYSTEM --Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design,
USA led by Kevin Bone along with Arnold Wu, Paul Deppe, Joe Levine, Sunnie Joh, Raye Levine, Al
Appleton, and Zulaikha Ayub.
The proposal appealed to the judges for its goal to treat the cityâ€™s water, air, and vulnerability to storm
surge and sea level rise with comprehensive plan to soften the length and breadth of the cityâ€™s shoreline
with new habitats and parkways. In strong contrast to W.O.W., Enhancement of Estuary purely approached
issues of ecology and strengthening the Hudson River Estuary against environmental harm. There was
widespread enthusiasm amongst jury members for the focus and dedication to biology and the clear positive
impact the project would have on the Hudson River Estuary. The extensive and invasive nature of the project
excited some and deterred others. Charles McKinney enthusiastically remarked that â€œit does point out the
difference between a demonstration project and something that is at the real scale of what needs to happenâ
NETWORK URBANISM -- JDKP, USA -- Jeffrey Troutman, Dustin Buck, Kendall Goodman, and Paul McBride
The proposal caught the eyes of the jury for democratization of planning with a user-driven waterfront network
modeled by GIS data collected in mobile phone apps. The proposal creatively suggested a waterfront
network, built gradually over time that responded to urbanitesâ€™ feet, a design framed by critical mass.
Part of the additive urbanism imagined in the project extended into the water, creating floating gardens
anchored by oyster beds. Matthias Hollwich admired the translation of digital social ambition into physical
space all created by a critical mass of movement and interactions. Certain design details provoked
skepticism, but the intricacy, ecological benefits, and bold concept of â€œvoting with your feetâ€� came to
the forefront of the review. An exciting connection to the rapidly expanding field of digital social networking
also attracted the jury.
The finalistsâ€™ work is currently featured on www.oneprize.org, www.terreform.org and our media
sponsors. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash award and each honorable mention will receive a $1,500
cash award. The ONE Prize Award Ceremony and Exhibition will take place in the Fall of 2011.
Congratulations to all of our winners!
For more information and images please contact:
Maria Aiolova, LEED AP
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