|Adrian Benepe, NYC Parks Commissioner Heads the Jury of the ONE PRIZE AWARD
March 16, 2010,Terreform ONE announces that Adrian Benepe Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, has joined the jury for the ONE PRIZE Award, an open call for innovative new schemes in urban agriculture. Submissions for urban gardens, rooftop farming, land reclamation, hydroponic facilities and other will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of thinkers and designers chaired by Commissioner Benepe.
Mr. Benepe has worked for nearly 30 years protecting and enhancing New York City's natural and historic beauty. He has continued this effort as Commissioner of the Department of Parks & Recreation, appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on January 25, 2002. In this role he has focused on improving park facilities and programs for children, developing new waterfront parks and greenways, and making New York City bloom with millions of new flowers and hundred of gardens.
For its first year, ONE PRIZE takes as its theme Mowing to Growing: A Design Competition for Creating Productive Green Space in Cities. The winner will receive $10,000 cash award and the finalists will be invited to participate in TerreFarm, a Summer Lab that explores the larger framework of urban agriculture and its effects on the architecture and urban design of NYC. The Lab’s goal is to test and implement the winning proposals in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Commissioner Benepe.
Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a non-profit design group that promotes green design in cities. Since 2006, the group has been a pioneer in ecological design and sustainable construction technology. With visionary proposals in the fields of public transit, waste reuse and community development, as well as lectures, workshops and exhibitions, the Terreform ONE team has pushed the conceptual envelope for ecological architecture and urban design.
Non-Profit Design Group Terreform ONE Announces First Annual “One Prize” Award to Promote Green Design in Cities
December 7, 2009, New York: Brooklyn-based architecture collective Terreform ONE announces the first annual One Prize Award, an open call for innovative new schemes in urban agriculture, with $10,000 to go to the winning contestant.
Since 2006, Terreform ONE has been a pioneer in green design and sustainable construction technology. With visionary proposals in the fields of public transit, waste reuse and community development, as well as lectures, workshops and exhibitions, the Terreform ONE team has pushed the conceptual envelope for ecologically sensitive architecture; One Prize is the group’s latest initiative to advance the burgeoning environmental movement by encouraging designers to imagine new solutions for conservation and renewability, and then giving those designers a platform for their ideas.
For its inaugural year, One Prize takes as its theme Mowing to Growing: A Design Competition for Creating Productive Green Space in Cities. In a country that today squanders some seven billion gallons of water every day watering its 40,000 acres of suburban lawns—and in which only two percent of food is grown locally—Mowing to Growing challenges architects to devise workable means for growing more of America’s food closer to more of America’s communities, and to do so at less expense to our economy and our environment. As Terreform ONE cofounder Mitchell Joachim puts it, “We want to break the American love affair with the suburban lawn.”
Submissions for vertical farming, land reclamation, hydroponic facilities—anything received by the April 30th deadline that meets the competition brief—will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of thinkers and designers, including:
• Cameron Sinclair, Founder, Architecture for Humanity
• Ben Schwegler, Jr., Ph.D., Chief Scientist of Walt Disney Imagineering
• DJ Spooky, AKA Paul D. Miller, electronic and experimental musician, producer and author
• Dickson Despommier, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University and Director of the Vertical Farm Project
• Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, Host and Producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show Smart City
• William J. Mitchell, Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Director, Media Lab's Smart Cities research group at MIT
The best proposal will come away with the $10,000 cash award, while five finalists will receive prominent year-long exposure on the competition website. After the jury announces its decision on May 31st of 2010, winner and finalists both will present their designs at a ceremony to be promoted by the competition’s media sponsors. The winning schemes will also be featured in a web symposium that will match designers with leading experts in the relevant fields of farming, urban agriculture, planning, and market analysis, with an eye towards taking the proposals to the next level.
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