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Design Competition: Getting L.A. to Zero

“Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty.”

Getting LA to Zero CompetitionThe Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is hosting a “Getting L.A. to Zero” Competition, a call for innovation in three categories: Design, Product, and Strategy.


Registration Deadline: Feb 28, 2014 at 5:00PM

Poster Submissions Due: May 5, 2014 at 5:00PM 
Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, February 15, 2014.


  • Design Innovation: Submissions must meet the requirements of all (7) Petals and applicable Imperatives outlined in the Living Building Challenge to create an architectural proposition within the boundaries established in the site area map. A holistic and innovative approach to net-zero design that explores a paradigm shift within one of the following typologies: Renovation, Landscape/Infrastructure, Building, or Neighborhood
  • Product Innovation: This category encourages investigation into the design of a specific technology system, component or product. This is intended to recognize those that develop and leverage new and emerging technology in the built environment. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum:  Water, Energy, or Materials
  • Strategy Innovation: Examine the design process to create new business models, programs and ways to drive successful development projects as they strive for Living Building Challenge Certification. This category also recognizes innovation in research, methodology or building code analysis. Furthermore, programs that drive ideas forward, such as collaborations, partnerships, and other strategic alliances that encourage sustainable business development.Innovative strategies, processes and/or technology will be shared to make the goals of getting to zero a reality. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum:  Water, Energy, or Materials

Eligibility: Undergraduate and Graduate students at institutions throughout all of Southern California. Contestants must be enrolled at a college or university and be able to present at the final presentations in Downtown Los Angeles on May 15, 2014. 

Prizes: The winning team in each Category will receive $1,000.  In addition, each winning team will receive coverage in the Trim Tab publication, recognition at the annual unConference and the quarterly newsletter as part of the prize.

Contact: Matthew Johnston at info@livingbuildingla.org

More information: http://www.livingbuildingla.org/getting-l-a-to-zero-competition

living building challengeThe Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is a community-based, in-person group that comes together for informal learning experiences and to advance community transformation. Collaborative members create the local conditions that support development of Living Buildings, Sites, and Communities.


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