Concrete Thinking For A Sustainable World
|Category:||Design Contests > Industrial Design|
|Prizes:||$2,000 first place, $1,000 second place|
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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the fourth annual CONCRETE THINKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD, International Student Design Competition.
Administered by ACSA and sponsored by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) & the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or in teams, to investigate an innovative application of portland cement-based materials to achieve sustainable design objectives.
This fourth annual Concrete Thinking For A Sustainable World competition offers two separate entry categories, each without site restrictions, for maximum flexibility.
Category I Transit Hub Design an environmentally responsible Public Transportation Center focusing on architectural innovations to preserve tomorrow’s resources.
Category II Building Element Design a single element of a building that provides a sustainable solution to real-world environmental challenges.
The purpose of this competition is to explore and create ideas and applications utilizing portland cement-based solutions for sustainable designs.
The focus of this competition is to craft an investigation, identify a design improvement and create a solution containing concrete or any portland cement-based application as a key building material.
In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of paste and aggregates. The paste, composed of portland cement and water, coats the surface of the fine and coarse aggregates. Through a chemical reaction called hydration, the paste hardens and gains strength to form the rock-like mass known as concrete.
Within this process lies the key to a remarkable trait of concrete: it’s plastic and malleable when newly mixed, strong and durable when hardened. These qualities explain why one material—concrete—can build high-rise skyscrapers and houses, bridges and basements, sidewalks and superhighways. You can find more information on concrete and portland cement by visiting the Portland Cement Association’s Web site at www.Cement.org and on sustainable solutions using cement at www.ConcreteThinker.com