Unleash Your Imagination
The international living Building institute, in partnership with the
national Trust for Historic Preservation, invites the world’s most
talented and daring designers, planners, artists and animators to
create a new global vision: a breathtaking, compelling model for
the future of civilization. Unleash the power of your imagination to
envision a city capable of thriving through the centuries – one that
will heal the land and prove that the human species can in fact live,
in the words of E. o. Wilson, as ‘part and parcel with creation’.
We have inherited and reproduced a built environment based on
the catastrophically flawed premise of unlimited resources and
infinite room for expansion. our infrastructure isolates us from the
ecosystems we inhabit; what James Howard kunstler has described
as a “Geography of nowhere” blinds us to the specificity of place.
If we are to respond effectively to the environmental crisis we now
face, we must begin by radically reimagining our neighborhoods,
towns, villages and cities.
Only when we have clearly envisioned the future we must create,
will we have the courage to light “the Possible’s slow fuse”.
Competition RulesTo be eligible for consideration, all contest entries must comply withthe following guidelines.Submissi on Due Dat e: February 1, 2011Audience: Living City Design Competition entries should both inspireand inform. The Competition is meant to provide powerful but readilyaccessible models of truly sustainable cities. Members of the generalpublic should be able to view the visualizations and come away witha clear sense of how each city would look, feel and function. At thesame time, entries must be grounded in real technology and presentedwith sufficient information to be useful to skilled designers, engineersand planners. The winning entry should be so compelling that currentmembers of the green building movement will want to devotethemselves to achieving its vision.Eligib le Comm unity -Subject Typ es: Contest teams may chooseto base their models on either medium density communities (townsor re-purposed now walkable suburbs) or higher density urban coresbased within the density and solar rights requirements of the LivingBuilding Challenge 2.0. These decisions must be explicitly aligned withthe Living Transect categories as defined on page nine of the LivingBuilding Challenge 2.0 Standard:Medium Density :L3. Village or Campus Zone: This is comprised of relativelylow-density mixed-use development found in rural villages andtowns, and may also include college or university campuses.(F.A.R. of 0.1 – 0.49); andL4. General Urban Zone: This is comprised of light- to mediumdensitymixed-use development found in larger villages, smalltowns or at the edge of larger cities. (F.A.R. of 0.5 – 1.49)