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May-Jun 2014

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May-Jun 2014

Green Awards Edition | Winning Projects and Designs from FuturArc Prize 2014 and FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2014

Our Green Awards bumper issue is back! Once again, we are showcasing winning entries from the FuturArc Prize and FuturArc Green Leadership Award competitions.

This year’s FuturArc Prize theme—Water and the City—asks what it means to have water as precept for urbanism. The entries that got the attention of the five-member jury were ones that dealt with risk mitigation and resource loops with a high degree of technical competence. The ones that stood out were those that stepped up their game to include quality of life and community engagement. The challenge, as always, is integration. Here, we see hydro-remediation systems offering spaces for leisure and gathering, and storm water conveyance becoming pathways for people movement. Some link water with food through the restoration of floating markets and community farms.

The same jury also picked out the winners of FuturArc Green Leadership Award, given to newly completed projects in six categories. Where FuturArc Prize rewards visions of the future, FuturArc Green Leadership Award recognises innovation now. Two of the winning projects are shown in the FuturArc Showcase, while the rest of the winning entries and merit recipients are featured under Projects.

We learn from the winning entries of FuturArc Green Leadership Award that Green design is embedded in place, climate, culture, and norms. In a global economy, imagination and innovation are not without risk—what works in Hong Kong may not work in Ho Chi Minh City. We have much to learn from each other, but mostly we must ‘listen’ to where we are.

A panel discussion with four of the current jurors was held after determining the winners of the competitions. See what the jurors thought of this year’s competitions and entries in the FuturArc Interview.

On other thought streams, Erik L’Heureux talks with Phillip G. Bernstein on the impact of digital media on architectural practice, while Louis White covers the Holcim Awards lecture series in Australia.

To set the mood, we asked Iwan Hartono, an architect from Indonesia, to reimagine the centre of Jakarta, if it were the sustainable city he wishes. We think that the image he conjured, featured on this issue’s cover, is a provocative leap of imagination.

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