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 Labâ€™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 â€œOne Prizeâ€� Award to Promote Green Design
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 groupâ€™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 lawnsâ€”and in which only two percent of food is grown locallyâ€”Mowing to Growing
challenges architects to devise workable means for growing more of Americaâ€™s food closer to more of Americaâ€™s
communities, and to do so at less expense to our economy and our environment. As Terreform ONE cofounder Mitchell
Joachim puts it, â€œWe want to break the American love affair with the suburban lawn.â€�
Submissions for vertical farming, land reclamation, hydroponic facilitiesâ€”anything received by the April 30th deadline
that meets the competition briefâ€”will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of thinkers and designers, including:
â€¢ Cameron Sinclair, Founder, Architecture for Humanity
â€¢ Ben Schwegler, Jr., Ph.D., Chief Scientist of Walt Disney Imagineering
â€¢ DJ Spooky, AKA Paul D. Miller, electronic and experimental musician, producer and author
â€¢ Dickson Despommier, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University
and Director of the Vertical Farm Project
â€¢ Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, Host and Producer of the nationally syndicated public radio
show Smart City
â€¢ 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 competitionâ€™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.
The Architecture Consultants