Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition

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By Amanda Dameron
We're excited to showcase the winners of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, sponsored by SCI-Arc and The Architect’s Newspaper. The competition asked a slew of creative types, from architects and environmentalists to students and landscape designers, to re-imagine a new, mixed-use future for the Cleantech Corridor, a 2,000-acre development zone on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles. An exhibition of the winning projects will be on view at SCI-ARC in Los Angeles from October 9-27, so if you happen to be in Los Angeles this month, do try to stop by and check out the best in show. A hearty congratulations to the winners and finalists, and to all that participated. See below for more on the top two winning concepts.

An exhibition of the winning projects will be on view at SCI-ARC in Los Angeles from October 9-27, so if you're in town, try to stop by to check out the work before the end of the month. A hearty congratulations to the winners and finalists, and to all that participated. See below for more on the top two winning concepts.

Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition - Photo 1 of 7 - The Cleantech Corridor cuts a wide swath through L.A.'s downtown for four miles along the Los Angeles River.

The Cleantech Corridor cuts a wide swath through L.A.'s downtown for four miles along the Los Angeles River.

 

Professional Category First Place Award of $5,000: UMBRELLA by Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram; Aleksandra Danielak Oslo Norway
Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition - Photo 2 of 7 -

Professional Category First Place Award of $5,000: UMBRELLA by Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram; Aleksandra Danielak Oslo Norway

Statement from Project Umbrella team: [The concept] "reinterprets LA’s existing infrastructure by implementing a point-based renewal strategy that will gradually transform the city grid into a greener and more attractive public space. Mushroom-like structures named solar evaporators tap into the city’s sewage, collecting and clarifying the black water originating from the surrounding blocks.

Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition - Photo 3 of 7 - The clear water is distributed and released into the streets through a process of evaporation and condensation triggering a transformation into a network of lush, cultivated landscapes.

The clear water is distributed and released into the streets through a process of evaporation and condensation triggering a transformation into a network of lush, cultivated landscapes.

Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition - Photo 4 of 7 - Green webs spreading out from the evaporators generate incentives for new, sustainable developments. The central urban plazas become focal points for a gradual process of transformation that will affect the way people will see, use, and experience their city."" /pstrongStatement from Project Umbrella team:/strong [The concept] "reinterprets LA’s existing infrastructure by implementing a point-based renewal strategy that will gradually transform the city grid into a greener and more attractive public space. Mushroom-like structures named solar evaporators tap into the city’s sewage, collecting and clarifying the black water originating from the surrounding blocks.The clear water is distributed and released into the streets through a process of evaporation and condensation triggering a transformation into a network of lush, cultivated landscapes. Green webs spreading out from the evaporators generate incentives for new, sustainable developments. The central urban plazas become focal points for a gradual process of transformation that will affect the way people will see, use, and experience their city."/p pbr /p h2Student Category First Place Award of $2,000: MessyTECH by Randall Winston, Jennifer Jones, Renee Pean University of Virginia School of Architecture/h2dwell-photo photoId="6133499158318571520" caption="Student Category First Place Award of $2,000: MessyTECH by Randall Winston, Jennifer Jones, and Renee Pean / University of Virginia School of Architecture. <br><br>Statement from Messytech team:  "MessyTech recognizes the full life cycles involved in "clean" industries, which can be complex and not perfectly clean.

Green webs spreading out from the evaporators generate incentives for new, sustainable developments. The central urban plazas become focal points for a gradual process of transformation that will affect the way people will see, use, and experience their city."" /pstrongStatement from Project Umbrella team:/strong [The concept] "reinterprets LA’s existing infrastructure by implementing a point-based renewal strategy that will gradually transform the city grid into a greener and more attractive public space. Mushroom-like structures named solar evaporators tap into the city’s sewage, collecting and clarifying the black water originating from the surrounding blocks.The clear water is distributed and released into the streets through a process of evaporation and condensation triggering a transformation into a network of lush, cultivated landscapes. Green webs spreading out from the evaporators generate incentives for new, sustainable developments. The central urban plazas become focal points for a gradual process of transformation that will affect the way people will see, use, and experience their city."/p pbr /p h2Student Category First Place Award of $2,000: MessyTECH by Randall Winston, Jennifer Jones, Renee Pean University of Virginia School of Architecture/h2dwell-photo photoId="6133499158318571520" caption="Student Category First Place Award of $2,000: MessyTECH by Randall Winston, Jennifer Jones, and Renee Pean / University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Statement from Messytech team: "MessyTech recognizes the full life cycles involved in "clean" industries, which can be complex and not perfectly clean.

Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition - Photo 5 of 7 - In turn, messy processes can lead to cleaner ones. Designing and manufacturing are inherently messy, where error can lead to progress and where flexibility reigns. Creativity and artistry are fostered in environments of cross-pollination and collaboration, where conflict and harmony co-generate good ideas.

In turn, messy processes can lead to cleaner ones. Designing and manufacturing are inherently messy, where error can lead to progress and where flexibility reigns. Creativity and artistry are fostered in environments of cross-pollination and collaboration, where conflict and harmony co-generate good ideas.

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