Integrated Habitats Design Competition 2010:: National Wildflower Centre

As the 2011 Integrated Habitats Design Competition is getting launched, I’m looking at the winning entries from the 2010 in a series of posts.

The National Wildflower Centre design is collaborative project between architects and engineers making use of the elements of nature to influence the form and function of their design. One of the aspects heavily used is the well-known Fibonacci Sequence which is a sequence of number in which the next in the sequence is the sum of the previous two numbers in the series: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 and so on. It’s a fun lesson in math and has many applications. The sequence shows up in many shapes in nature including flowers as well as a nautilus shell, which this design is based on. In using a design based on math, this project aims not only…

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Integrated Habitats Design Competition 2010:: Satoyama

As the 2011 Integrated Habitats Design Competition is getting launched, I’m looking at the winning entries from the 2010 competition in a series of posts.

Satoyama was another shortlisted entry, by the team of Hiroyuki Ichihara and Atsumi Sako. Their project proposal stated: “Around 36% of bee colony over the Europe had been lost due to Colony Collapse disorder(CCD) on 2007. Since 1/3 of agricultural crops depend on cross-fertilize, the problem is serious. Bees collect honey and pollen from plants. Through this instinctive action, bees pollinate flowers and maintain local eco-system. Similarly, human can be involved to this eco-system through their diet. Traditional honey hunting can connect nature and human. Although architecture cannot create nature itself, it can create an equipment to connect nature system and human through their instinctive action.”

This design focuses strongly on the honey…

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Integrated Habitats Design Competition 2010:: Happy Habitats

As the 2011 IHDC is getting launched, I’m looking at the winning entries from the 2010 competition in a series of posts.

Happy Habitats was one of the shortlisted entries by the team of Phil Hampshire, Katherine Sydney, Aylin Ludwig, Laura Crawford, Celia Way, Victoria Wilson, Tamasine Scott, Buro Happold & Grant Associates.

The design aimed to focus on cohabitation as was illustrated by their tagline, “where nature and society are at the very heart of design”. The design integrated three ‘lenses’ to create a livable community where people could live, work and play amongst nature. The three lenses were, ‘Urban Greening’, ‘Livability’ and ‘Food Production’ and illustrated throughout the design how the different components overlap and interact in the space. The Food Production lens focused on balancing space, sunlight, water and was designed to multi-task spaces to accommodate those needs. The Livability lens focused on a sense of…

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Integrated Habitats Design Competition 2010

Inspired by a competition (Integrating Habitats) from the city of Portland  in 2007, a similar competition was organized in the UK in 2010 by and RESET. The Integrated Habitats Design Competition (IHDC) also coincided with the International Year of Biodiversity. Open to everyone, the “focus of this competition is to ensure that working with nature, adapting to climate change and enhancing biodiversity is integral to the design of new urban, suburban and rural built developments. We hope that the IHDC will provide a forum for visionaries and innovators to design better, more sustainable habitats for all of us.” Entries were submitted from a wide range of disciplines including students, engineers, architects and landscape architects as well as collaborative projects.

The competition recognized that not only do we need to preserve and restore habitat in the countryside, but in the cities as well. Going…

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ARC Wildlife Crossing Finalists

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition, which was mentioned on this blog back in February here, has finally posted the submissions of the five finalists. The winner won’t be announced until the end of January at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, but the designs can be viewed on the website now. The five finalists include Balmori Associates from New York, The Olin Studio from Philadelphia, Janet Rosenberg & Associates from Toronto, Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates with HNTB Engineering from New York and Zwarts & Jantsma Architects from Amsterdam.

Be sure to visit the ARC page with PDF’s of all of the entries, it is certainly worth taking a look at, there are some interesting ideas.

Hypar-Nature (PDF) is the entry by Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates

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Honey Bee Haven

Set to open to the public on September 11 of this year is the winning design of the Häagen-Dazs-UC Davis Honey Bee Haven Design Competition located at the Honey Bee Research Facility on the UC Davis campus. The winning team from Sausalito, CA was made up of a variety of professionals including landscape architects, exhibit planners and an interpretive planner. The health of honey bee colonies has been of concern recently in part due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). While they aren’t a native species, they are economically important because they pollinate over 100 agricultural crops valued at $15 billion. Their economic impact is highlighted by the fact that more corporations are taking an interest in the value of ecosystem services and sponsoring competitions such as this. The Honey Bee Haven garden is just the first in a series of planned, interconnected gardens at UC Davis, each…

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