The winners of SCI-Arc and The Architect’s Newspaper’s New Infrastructure Competition have been announced. The winning submissions ran the gamut from non-mass to mag-lev, but several main themes were evident.
There was a general move towards using what infrastructure already exists. Many called for the integration of high-speed rail with local rail to help increase efficiency. Since getting from one side of LA to the other is almost like traveling to another town, this makes an enormous amount of sense. Another interesting sustainability- related theme was the idea of “glocalization.” A student submission proposed reducing the separation between work and home to the point where people wouldn’t have to depend upon transit. This plan called for a return to a more local scale of living, where people live, work, and produce food in relative proximity to each other. One winner even proposed using zoning around transit arteries to create green tech districts which would help grow new industry as well as connect and transport people around the city.
The Architect’s Newspaper has posted a full listing of the competition’s winners and their designs.
Basically whether they were aware of it or not, almost all of the submissions touched upon issues of sustainability. If a city is an organism, then it can’t really survive without regular, dependable, seamless circulation.
The goal of this competition and the dialogue that has ensued was to bring a fresh design perspective to what has traditionally been strictly an engineering discussion The hope is that the architects and designers who put forth their ideas will now stay in contact with the engineers and city officials who will ultimately make the decisions, keeping the dialogue alive in the hopes of keeping people moving.
The last event in the series will be held during Dwell on Design/Mobius LA in June.