“messyTECH” Proposal wins SCI-Arc CleanTech Corridor Competition in LA

Uva Graduate student team, Jennifer Jones, Renee Pean and Randall Winston win 1st Prize in the SCI-Arc sponsored international student competition. The competition asked architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, students and environmental professionals to create an innovative urban vision for Los Angeles’ Cleantech Corridor, a several-mile-long development zone on the eastern edge of downtown LA. It asked entrants to move beyond industrial uses—creating an integrated economic, residential, clean energy, and cultural engine for the city through architectural and urban strategies. Commenting on the importance of the competition, juror Stan Allen, dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University and Principal of Stan Allen Architect, noted that it “envisions a strategic way forward that re-imagines the city of the future as a place not only of consumption, but a place where things are still made, but now produced using all of the new technologies available today to work more sustainably. It helps to move the debates forward in architecture, landscape and urbanism.”

Awards were given in professional and student categories and winners will be honored in a ceremony taking place Saturday, October 9 at SCI-Arc at 2pm, followed by an exhibition of the Competition work. Congratulations!

+ clean is messy. messy is clean
MessyTECH recognizes the full life cycles involved in “clean” industries, which can be complex and not perfectly clean. In turn, messy processes can lead to cleaner.

+ making is messy
Designing and manufacturing are inherently messy, where error can lead to progress and where flexibility reigns.

+ innovation is messy
Creativity and artistry are fostered in environments of cross-pollination and collaboration, where conflict and harmony co-generate good ideas.

+ urban life is messy
The weaving of diverse infrastructures, people, and activities makes for a rich and dynamic urban fabric.

Faculty Advisors: Peter Waldman, Bill Sherman, Jorg Sieweke, UVa

see Dwell coverage

MessyTECH_01 Entry Jones/Pean/Winston

Published by: paradoXcity

Jorg Sieweke practices as a licensed landscape architect and urban designer in Berlin. Since 2009, he directs the design-research initiative paradoXcity. In 2020 he started a position as Associate Professor to conceive and conduct a new master program in "Landscape architecture for global sustainability" at Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU), located at the Oslo Fjord. Before he held professorships at University of Virginia and was Visiting Professor at RWTH Aachen and HCU Hamburg in Germany. In 2015 he was resident fellow at Villa Massimo - the German Academy in Rome. ParadoXcity challenges convention of practice in landscape architecture to establish its own trajectory of a landscape & urbanism. With his PhD. (2015) he interrogates the implicit knowledge production in the design process.

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