NEXT BIG ONE - An International Open Ideas Competition
Date Started: August 2013
Date Complete: October 2014
Phase 1 - Research
August 2013 - June 2014
Phase 2 - Competition
Competition Launch - June 30, 2014
Registration & FAQ Deadline - August 31, 2014
Submission Deadline - Sept 30, 2014
Winners Announced - October 31, 2014
Recent major natural disasters have brought into question the abilities of global cities to confront imminent high-magnitude earthquakes. Combined with the risk of tsunamis, these disasters can be catastrophic and dramatically alter cities, including functional and social routines. This has consequently prompted the design community’s recent preoccupation with “disaster resiliency.” Is your city prepared for the “Next Big One?” How can design help cities be more resilient?
The objective of this single-stage open-ideas competition is to propose an innovative design solution that can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence; rather than a disaster response or recovery plan.
Phase 1 is a Research Platform that familiarizes the general public and competition participants with this natural disaster. Phase 2 is the International Open Ideas Competition that aims to generate ideas on designing for disasters.
With the support of the other organizing bodies, AFH-Vancouver launched the NEXT BIG ONE competition in June 2014.
Designers were challenged to propose innovation solutions that satisfies the following criteria:
1) Exemplify INNOVATION in disaster design,
2) Promote COMMUNITY RESILIENCY before and after disasters,
3) Meet the MULTI-HAZARD PARAMETERS for the worst-case scenario.
Launched the summer of 2014, the “NEXT BIG ONE - An International Open Ideas Competition” raised awareness on the high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami events that plague cities around the world. The competition received entries from every continent (except for Antarctica).
Designers were faced with a challenge to propose an innovative design solution that can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence. The judges, Stephen Cassell, Susan Gushe, Eileen Keenan, David Scott and Doug Smith, convened on October 25th to evaluate the entries. In the end, a Design Professional team was awarded the Design Professionals Award of CAD$3000, and a Student team was awarded the Bing Thom Emerging Designers Award of CAD$1500. Three Honorable Mentions from each category were recognized also for the merit of their intervention and for their contribution to the discussion on designing for disasters.
WINNING AND RECOGNIZED ENTRIES:
BING THOM EMERGING DESIGNERS AWARD:
Revive the Moat
Yoshihiro Kaneko / Tokyo, Japan
The judges appreciated the seductive and beautiful presentation of this entry. The modular solution responds to multiple issues: wave energy, water desalination, landslide prevention. However, its beauty at the micro scale undermines the beauty of the natural landscape at the macro scale. The entry would benefit from further development on how the intervention can be deployed in the natural environment in a more respectful manner.
Felix Cheong / Toronto, Canada
Jakub Senkowski, Agata Palach, Monika Chrapczynska, Teodor Michalski Katarzyna Klimasz / Krakow, Poland
submission video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TurI27JfEmc
Marina Polets, Irola Andoni, Karolina Wieja, Dariusz Dziwak Adam Mierzwa / Krakow, Poland
DESIGN PROFESSIONAL AWARD:
Grant C. LaBossiere, Joseph G. Orobia / Winnipeg, Canada
This entry addresses resiliency at the macro scale using passive means to remediate habitats and mitigate disasters. This entry demonstrated that the repairing of the existing ecological system, regenerating the waterfront, would benefit the city at multiple scales of economies. Rather than relying on new technology, the success of this entry lies in its use of the infrastructure of nature, which has proven to be resilient. Furthermore, the judges felt that this proposal was comprehensive and articulate, and that the design was clear, simple and intuitive.
Alejandro Iglesias, Enrique Martin / Madrid, Spain
Andrea Pauletich, Stephano Cova, Caterina Spangher / Trieste, Italy
Daniela Sanchez Saez, Albert Castejon / Barcelona, Spain
Architecture Research Office
Scott and Scott Architects
Bing Thom Architects
City of Vancouver
Stephanie Chang, The University of British Columbia School of Community & Regional Planning
Susan Herrington, The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Neal Lamontagne, The City of North Vancouver
Denise Liu, Edison & Sprinkles
Tamsin Mills, The City of Vancouver
Sean Pearson, RUFproject
Leslie van Duzer, The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Andy Yan, Bing Thom Architects
Project Lead: Arthur Leung
Krista Jahnke, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
Matthew Lahey, Intern Architect AIBC (AFHv Trustee)
Linus Lam, Architect AIBC MAA MRAIC (AFHv Trustee)
Heather Stuart, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
Mira Yung, Designer (AFHv Trustee)
The University of British Columbia School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Bing Thom Architects
The City of Vancouver