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Last edited 27 Nov 2017
Tomorrow's challenges in today's buildings winners
A radical proposal to create the ‘world’s first growing architecture’, involving tree-like buildings that absorb CO2, has won our BSRIA ideas competition.
On 4 October 2017, Designing Buildings Wiki and BSRIA launched an ideas competition - Tomorrow’s Challenges in Today’s Buildings - asking; how can buildings be designed today to ensure they are resilient to the changes they will face tomorrow?
Entrants proposed a wide range of solutions, including; bomb-proof construction, using ocean waste to make building materials, using rooftops for food production, electrifying the entire construction industry, and many, many more…
More than half the entries related to the challenges of energy, efficiency, climate change and climate resilience. Other popular subjects included demographics and changing lifestyles, resource scarcity, and specific threats such as earthquakes and terrorism.
The four runners-up (in no particular order) were:
Congratulations to them all, and a big thank you to everyone who took part in the competition. The variety of and quality of ideas was excellent - it is great to know that so many people in the industry are thinking about the future.
BSRIA’s Information & Knowledge Manager, Steve Sansom, said; “BSRIA is pleased to have been involved in this competition and is delighted with the range, ingenuity and creativity of the entries submitted. Bob’s idea stood out as a genuinely realistic and stimulating way of using nature to generate renewable energy. BSRIA is always very keen to see more ideas fashioned that come under the low or zero carbon technology umbrella. It has been fascinating to see how innovative many of the competition entries were. Clearly, tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings is a subject close to the heart of many people."
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