Living Space Design Competition February 2014

About Contest:

Introducing University of Vermont's first student-designed competition:LivingPlace.  This Ecological Design Competition is sponsored by the new UVM Ecological Design Collaboratory and supported by a grant from the Thoreau Foundation.  The LivingPlace Competition serves as a springboard for the launch of the  UVM Ecological Design Collaboratory.

This competition encourages the linkage of student-initiated projects and the sustainability needs of the Burlington community through place-based ecological design.

Competitors are tasked with creating a holistic design submission that integrates storm-water management, sustainable food production, and community engagement.  Three sites (Burlington Waterfront, Burlington High School, and University of Vermont) have been selected.  This is an opportunity for designs that include student-community collaboration.  Here is your chance to put your ideas and visions on paper to share.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three designs and the potential for one of the winning designs to be prototyped in the UHS courtyard and installed at the subsequent site!

Entries will be due by February 11, 2014.  Please join us on February 21 for the gallery showcase of the submitted designs and the announcement of our winners.  The competition is open to both local and non-local participants. The judges for this contest include members of the Burlington arts community and University professors.

Submission Evaluation Criteria

Community: The design should positively affect and benefit all scales of community within the city of Burlington. It should be direct and responsive to local conditions and local people and enable every voice, opinion, and perspective to be heard.

Mobility: The design can be easily packed and transported to different sites.

Ownership: Must address who the owner of the final product will be. The design should encourage ownership and responsibility through direct benefit to the owner to encourage use after initial installation.

Creates a Sense of Place: Design should be sensitive to the nuances of place and incorporate the intimate knowledge of a particular place. It should fit aesthetically and functionally within the surrounding area.

Accounts for all Impacts: All environmental impacts from materials, build, and function of the design must be included. Strive for the most ecologically sound design.  Design should seek a balance between social and environmental ecology. (i.e. must involve the public in end use)

Includes Nature: Works with living processes and engages in processes that regenerate rather than deplete natural resources.

Informs Through Nature: Bring the designed environment to life by making natural processes and cycles visible in order to inform us of our place within nature.

Universal and Adaptable: The design have aspects of universiality and appicable to many settings and sites. It should include both materials that can be widely used be easily adaptable in order to be installed in a range of places as well as Vermont-based local materials that engage the local economy and continued use of the installation.

Problem Solving: Addresses relevant and strongly supported set of problems. (Design must be multifaceted in use (ie. Design does not ONLY address storm water, but other things/needs for users and plants/food)

Innovation: Design is an innovative and creative use of the selected site  Selected site also can evolve after initial installation and act as an educational tool that students at "The Greenhouse" can develop and experiment with.


Student: $20.00 USD

Community: $30.00 USD

Professional$50.00 USD 

Living Space Design Competition February 2014