ONE PRIZE is an Annual Design and Science Award to Promote Green Design in Cities.
Organized by:
ONE Lab Educational Facilities at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
The renovation of building 128 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard is an exciting moment for Brooklyn’s renaissance. A massive
industrial facility, with an enormous open space, natural light, and infrastructure for heavy industry will be transformed
into a center for innovation, with state-of-the art digital fabrication facilities, and a combination of tenant-occupied and
shared work spaces. Our goal for the ONE Lab “Smart Dock” is to give a relatively small amount of dedicated space
both flexibility and high symbolic value, to distribute a network of smaller “docks” in the shared areas, and to have the
possibility of holding temporary events and exhibitions.

While our actual resources are limited, and the space we end up renting will most likely be the area outlined in red on
our documents, we encourage you to think “big” at some level, to engage some of ONE Labs, social, environmental,
and technical goals. This competition is at heart a competition of ideas, not a narrowly defined architectural brief.

We have placed all the competition documentation online, and it is now available for anyone to see or download.
Questions and Answers will also be posted. We encourage students, professionals, and inventive individuals from
any field to register for the competition.

See all finalists here.
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ONE Lab is seeking design proposals for the Smart Dock that are both symbolic and buildable . The design should
symbolize the ideas and values of ONE Lab: Interdisciplinary learning, studio-based design, collaborative space, DIY
making, hacking. The Smart Dock should address the future of learning environments that inflects the trajectory of
experimental design schools into the new spaces of socio-ecological design in times of climate change.

Competition entries should develop strategies for the identity for ONE Lab as the educational and public component
of this vibrant center for design and science, with interfaces to state-of-the art equipment and a network of creative
and entrepreneurial affiliates.


As part of the transformation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a green technology and sustainable manufacturing
complex, ONE Lab, a new school for design and science, will establish a collaborative teaching facility and public
outreach center for socio-ecological design, to open in 2015.

The ONE Lab Smart Dock will located inside the Navy Yard’s newly-renovated Building 128 -- an 84,000 square foot
former shipbuilding factory, which is being transformed into a high-tech center for design, prototyping, and new
manufacture. Entrepreneurs, educators, and businesses in disciplines ranging from additive manufacturing, biotech,
advanced robotics, architecture, and industrial design will work alongside one another in this unique space.

The ONE Lab Smart Dock will include spaces for lectures, events, and design studios for approximately thirty
graduate level students. It will function both as a visual reference and spatial matrix for ONE Lab, a unique
interdisciplinary research laboratory for industrial design, synthetic biology, landscape ecology, art, architecture, and
master planning, The Dock will be part of the communal core of work environments in the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s New
Lab innovation facility, which will be accessible to a variety of creative people and allow them to share equipment, like
laser cutters and three-dimensional printers.

Because of its location and history, the Navy Yard facility will serve as a launching point for both theoretical and
practical work that addresses smart design and the redevelopment of industrial and waterfront sites in New York and
other cities worldwide.


The Smart Dock is to be built within the building envelope of the overall renovation and engage it in imaginative and
productive ways. It should include approximately 2,000 sf of (interior) dedicated space as well as (approx. 2,000)
additional borrowed / transformable space inside the building. The Dock should provide studio / workspace for 30
students, office space for 8-10 faculty / administrators, as well as pin up / presentation / exhibition and event space
(s). There should be some additional research facilities, as well as lounge space / furnishings. A lab/kitchen and
eating space should be part of the program. Lighting, ample data and power should be provided, and possibilities for
projection of images should be integral to the concept. Capacities for transformation and flexible use will be
encouraged. The Smart Dock will not need climate control or its own WC facilities, as these will part of the renovation
of the existing structure. Some secondary elements can be located in the courtyard, but these are not required.

Please view the building overview here.
Detailed building documentation is available
here and is regularly updated.


Since 2010, One Prize has awarded over $40,000 in prize money.

1st place     US $5000

2nd place    US $2000

3rd place     US $1000

Press coverage by One Prize media sponsors.
Presentation of Designs at Lectures and Exhibitions.
Prominent Year-Long Exposure on the Competition Website.

"The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating man and women who are capable of doing new
things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and
discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered."
- Jean Piaget