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In this challenge, the attributes of wood that are commonly seen as undesirable were re-imagined as positives. Read more about the challenge.

First Prize $2500 CDN

saskia

Circular-growth_LR1Circular Growth

With over half the world’s population already living in an urban environment, and
another two billion expected to join them in the next 30 years in response to socioeconomic
circumstances and population growth, urbanization offers a multitude of
challenges and opportunities for human and ecosystem welfare…

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First Prize $2500 CDN

saskia

Circular-growth_LRWith over half the world’s population already living in an urban environment, and another two billion expected to join them in the next 30 years in response to socio-economic circumstances and population growth, urbanization offers a multitude of challenges and opportunities for human and ecosystem welfare.

A key topic is maintaining and improving human health in such complex environments, which struggle with water supply, waste management, and pollution while encroaching on the natural environment. Urban form is at the crux of this, shaping people’s choices with regards to transportation, commerce, recreation and social interaction and thereby influencing their well being.

To adequately address the issues at stake a paradigm shift in the way urban spaces are conceived and laid out is required. Yet all large transformations start with small changes, the concept of circular growth is one of these.

Circular growth refers to the idea that trees do not have to be felled to provide resources and that the products produced from these sources can be recycled. A specific example of this would be to use leaf litter, pinecones or bark (e.g. from eucalyptus trees that shed it naturally) to produce a pulp, via eco-friendly methods, and make products such as plant pots and flexible erosion control (currently produced from plastics). The plant pots can then be composted by direct (planting) or indirect (green waste) methods. Similarly, for erosion control, as overlying vegetation develops roots to hold material in place the temporary structure biodegrades, providing nutrients.

This concept contributes towards the increasing demand for sustainability, carbon neutrality and more efficient resource consumption; enabling trees to be retained during material sourcing while simultaneously providing green recreational spaces in urban areas, thereby benefiting human and ecological health.

Second Prize $1500 CDN (Tie, $750 each)

ciscolara

Final-Concept-WEBRe-use, Reduce & Recycle

Wood is one of the most commonly used materials across all kinds of industry, especially
building, manufacture, transport and packaging. Huge amounts of wood are used
once and then thrown away, despite the fact that it is still perfectly re-usable. This project
reuse and recycle small pieces of wood to build a playground for children. Offering
and allowing the user to play, while performs, from simple…

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Second Prize $1500 CDN (Tie, $750 each)

ciscolara

Final-Concept-WEBWood is one of the most commonly used materials across all kinds of industry, especially building, manufacture, transport and packaging. Huge amounts of wood are used once and then thrown away, despite the fact that it is still perfectly re-usable.

This project reuse and recycle small pieces of wood to build a playground for children. Offering and allowing the user to play, while performs, from simple movements to complex motion sequences that require the use of the whole body.”Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” proposes two situations, a temporary and a permanent one.

1-A traveling exhibition that will allow the project to be design and prefabricated to travel to other places (museums, libraries, exhibitions, etc.) to be installed and dismantled by a local community of volunteers.

2-A permanent “site-specific” installation located near existing trees in a park, incorporatingvegetation and adapting itself to different locations, letting time play an important role with the aging of the wood and the growth of moss on surface.

The raw material for the construction of the project it’s recycled wood, which will be dimensioned in equal little pieces, bonded together with screws, allowing to easily be installed and dismantled.

Parametric design will play a vital role in the projection of the proposal, allowing to connect dimensions and variables to the geometry, according to the available waste wood, to performed quickly and without re-drawing, design modifications and computational process of complex three-dimensional geometries.

The idea is to sustainably generate a landscape inspired by nature, to recycle wood  and to naturally integrate one of the most common processes of wood (to rot) allowing the project to evolve over time, due to decomposition and sediment emanated from the above trees (leafs and seeds) until the project finally meets its cycle and must be dismantled before it falls apart. Exploiting wood and giving an interactive and ecological use to it, before being exposed to rot in a landfill full of trash.

Second Prize $1500 CDN (Tie, $750 each)

 

gaker

TimberFrame-FireFlammability as Fire Protection

Wood structures are often perceived as being vulnerable to damage by fire. However, due to the process of turning the exterior of timbers to insulating charred material,
large members often survive quite well in structure fires. This allows the building to
stand longer, facilitating escape, rescue, and salvage of the structure or at least the
materials…

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Second Prize $1500 CDN (Tie, $750 each)

gaker

TimberFrame-FireWood structures are often perceived as being vulnerable to damage by fire. However, due to the process of turning the exterior of timbers to insulating charred material, large members often survive quite well in structure fires. This allows the building to stand longer, facilitating escape, rescue, and salvage of the structure or at least the materials.

The problem is that this is not well understood or incorporated into building codes. This project aims to collect available knowledge about performance of large timbers in fires, outline research areas, and provide for sharing of resources with building officials.

Community Choice Award

shipway

march3-015Wooden Clutch

I have been a wood worker my entire life, from the early days of a child in my fathers
wood shop learning all that I could about wood and its properties, to present where I
am constantly trying to push the boundaries and perceptions of what wood is and can
be…

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Community Choice Award

shipway

march3-015I have been a wood worker my entire life, from the early days of a child in my fathers wood shop learning all that I could about wood and its properties, to present where I am constantly trying to push the boundaries and perceptions of what wood is and can be.

I wanted to break the perception that wood is a rigid and solid material and some how push it into a flexible and soft state. It took numerous attempts with various species of wood, along with different non-toxic liquids to finally achieve this final product.

Not only is it a material exploration, but a bridging of crafts and spaces. This Clutch is inspired by the boat building trade that enabled the navigation of the waters that lead to exploration and discovery of all that is today.

Dimensions 9″ x 5″ x 2″

Wood Fabric is 1/16 of an inch this and is soft and as flexible as leather, water proof, and doesn’t crack.

Top Collaborator Rewards ($500 CDN each)

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gabriel