Green USA and Brad Pitt Announce Sustainable Design Competition
Finalists on Today Show and MSNBC.com
Global Green USA and Brad Pitt announced six finalists for the
Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans.
According to a Global Green announcement, each finalist responded
to the competition goals of demonstrating how green building and
intelligent architecture can be brought together in an innovative
way while respecting the historical context of New Orleans neighborhoods.
The designs can be viewed and voted upon at www.globalgreen.org.
All of the selected designs express a clear understanding of the
need to address rising electricity and energy costs and mounting
health problems caused by exposure to unhealthy building practices.
The six finalists are:
· Drew Lang Architects/Drew Lang - NYC, NY and New Orleans,
· Brininstool and Lynch/Brad Lynch - Chicago, IL
· Workshop APD/Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen - NYC, NY
· Schwartz Architecture/Frederic Schwartz - NYC, NY
· MetroStudio/Ken Gowland - New Orleans, LA
· Eskew, Dumez and Ripple/Steve Dumez - New Orleans, LA
HERE for more information on the designs and their green features.
The six finalists will work, with the support of Global Green technical
assistance and guidance from the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association,
to ensure their final designs not only meeting green building guidelines
(e.g., net zero energy, etc.) that benefit the residents and community,
but are also specific to the climate and culture of New Orleans
and Holy Cross.
"The goals of this competition were two fold," said Brad
Pitt, "Help the rebuilding effort in areas that have difficulty
rebuilding. Advance the cause of green design. We want to rebuild
Public voting is available at www.globalgreen.org, along with information
about what green building is and what homeowners can do to today
to make their homes healthier and more energy efficient. A large
selection of the competition entries, including all of the award
winners, will be exhibited in New Orleans at the Ogden Museum and
in Washington, DC at the National Building Museum.
"Green building can be the cornerstone of the New Orleans rebuilding
effort-- and serve as an example for urban areas everywhere. It
will mean a healthier and sustainable New Orleans as we build toward
the future," said Global Green president Matt Petersen. "The
caliber of submissions and the creative concepts submitted by the
nation's most talented architects and designers show that green
building has come of age. Now, its more important than ever with
the increased energy costs combined with the growing risks we face
from global warming."
The finalists were selected by the design jury which was chaired
by Brad Pitt and included Pritzker Award Winner Thom Mayne, principle,
Morphosis Architects (Santa Monica, CA); Pam Dashiell, president,
Holy Cross Neighborhood Association (New Orleans, LA); Lauren Anderson,
executive director, Neighborhood Housing Service of New Orleans,
Inc. (New Orleans); Keith Butler, Investment Banker & Real Estate
Developer (New Orleans & New York); William Morrish, Elwood
R. Quesada Professor of Architecture School of Architecture, University
of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA); Walter J. Hood, principal, Hood
Design (Oakland CA), chair, Department of Landscape Architecture
and Environmental Planning, College of Environmental Design, University
of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA); Marion Weiss, principal,
Weiss/Manfredi Architects, Associate Professor of Architecture,
University of Pennsylvania; David Orr, chair, Environmental Studies
Program (Oberlin College, OH); and Yolanda Daniels, Co-Founder,
Studio Sumo (New York, NY), and Matt Petersen, president of Global
The designs were also reviewed by the six member Technical Jury
chaired by Walker Wells, Global Green's Program Director for Green
Building, met for two days to review and judge the green building
components of the competition designs. Additional jurors included:
Bruce M. Hampton, Principle, Elton+Hampton Architects (Allston,
MA); William D. Browning (US Green Building Council-USGBC), Principle,
Browning + Bannon (Washington, DC); Bob Berkebile (USGBC), Principle,
BNIM Architects (Kansas City, MO); E. Eean McNaughton (American
Institute for Architects, AIA), Principal, E. Eean McNaughton, Architects
(New Orleans, LA); Susan Maxman (AIA), Design Principle - Maxman
Partners (Philadelphia, PA).