The 2016 Sustainable Versatility Design Competition was recently announced to over 80 accredited U.S. architecture and design schools. In addition to emailing information regarding the upcoming competition to over 200 contacts, colorful posters were mailed to department heads for display within each school that provides all the details necessary for students to register and upload their designs.
2016 marks NELMA’s 5th year of offering this unique architecture and design student challenge; a no-fee competition that engages students in a design dialogue about sustainability, design culture and tradition through the use of wood products as a contemporary construction and design material, focusing on Eastern White Pine. Each year’s program offers a contemporary design challenge.
The 2016 Design Challenge:
“Choose an iconic building in your community or school and “re-imagine” how that structure would showcase Eastern White Pine. A museum? A dining hall? A drab federal building perhaps? Even a football stadium! Get creative and show us how Eastern White Pine products could be used to make a great space even greater (and greener)!”
• First Place: $1,000, unique wood trophy, write-up in the White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs, and mention in competition press releases to the industry and trades.
• Second Place: $500, write-up in the White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs, and mention in competition press releases to the industry and trades.
The deadline for students to register their intent to participate is February 15, 2016, with final submissions due March 15, 2016, all via the competition’s online portal, www.sustainableversatility.org. This website also provides information regarding past winner’s projects in addition to valuable resources regarding wood products manufactured from Eastern White Pine.
The Rich Quitadamo Sustainable Versatility Design Award will be announced and presented via Skpye to the winning student entry at the 2016 NELMA Annual Convention.