The Brick Studio
fINdings Art Center
470 W. 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
studio reviews: December 4th, 2010 | 14:00 – 18:00
opening reception: December 4th, 2010 | 19:00 – 21:00
duration: December 4th, 2010 – January 4th, 2011
professor: Robert Alexander
school: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
The 2nd Annual BrickStainable Design Competition
Potomac Valley Brick presents the 2nd Annual BrickStainable International Design Competition. The Competition seeks integrative solutions for a building using clay masonry units (brick) as a primary material. Current Green and Living Building initiatives acknowledge the importance of integrated design solutions to achieve sustainability goals. This competition seeks to explore the potential of brick construction in the creation of an energy efficient building. Design teams are challenged to maximize the physical characteristics of this construction in the creation of integrated design solutions utilizing the physical characteristics of this material such as thermal mass, porosity (or lack thereof), modularity, color, etc.
In the A/E industry, the growing interest in sustainable “green” products is more prevalent now than ever. Potomac Valley Brick felt a need to focus on how masonry products can play a major role in LEED and energy efficient design. In 2009 PVB hosted the first, BrickStainable: Re-Thinking Brick design competition. Since brick is intrinsically sustainable and often overlooked, this competition was launched to help promote this age-old material into today’s green building spotlight.
The focus of the BrickStainable Competition is to encourage people to think beyond all boundaries and “re-think” brick in the context of its material qualities and current construction technologies. We hope you find the award winning designs from BrickStainable 2009 inspiring and thought-provoking.
The Second Annual BrickStainable International Design Competition offers two separate entry categories for maximum flexibility.
1. Integrated Building Design
Design a building, based on the proposed program, focusing on architectural innovations to preserve tomorrow’s resources incorporating an integrative design.
2. Technical Design
Design a single element of a building that provides a sustainable solution to real-world environmental challenges.