Inspired by the success of the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21®) Student Design Competition (2003–2004), the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) is planning the Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition with the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) of the U.S. Department of the Interior and in collaboration with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the Joint Institute for Caribbean Marine Studies Joint Institute for Caribbean Marine Studies.
This competition will enable architecture and engineering students from around the world to provide new and innovative thinking for the creation of energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable laboratories.
The competition will focus on the proposed Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center.
Sustainably designed buildings aim to reduce or remove their impact on our environment through energy and resource efficiency. The building industry—encompassing facility design, construction, and engineering—is working to promote buildings that are healthy, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective places to live and work. The goal is to minimize natural resource use while enhancing social and economic benefits.
The purpose of this competition is to explore and develop ideas, systems, and applications utilizing sustainable designs for the MREC laboratory and campus.
The competition is administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), a non-profit organization founded in 1912 to enhance the quality of architectural education. School membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter schools to more than 250 schools in several membership categories. Through these schools, more than 5,000 architecture faculty are represented in ACSA’s membership. ACSA, unique in its representative role for professional schools of architecture, provides a major forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA member schools. ACSA is committed to the principles of universal and sustainable design.
For more information on the design competition, including project materials, the program and guidelines, visit http://www.i2sl.org/competition/index.html
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