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Building Show Hosts Student Contest

Friday, March 7, 2014

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A novel student architecture contest inspired by one of Cincinnati’s most important Modernist buildings will highlight the first D+D 2014 Conference and Exhibition.

The D+D Student Design Competition will challenge University of Cincinnati students to design a durable, sustainable re-clad of the iconic Terrace Plaza Hotel.

University of Cincinnati
© Jay Yocis / University of Cincinnati 2011

The contest, for University of Cincinnati students, emphasizes the importance of material technology.

Entries will be judged and the winner announced at D+D 2014, set for May 20-22 in Cincinnati, OH. The first prize is $2,500.

This year, the contest is open to students in an advanced comprehensive studio class taught by Professor Michael McInturf, the head of the architecture program at the university's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

Up to 60 students will participate in the competition, which is sponsored by the Dow Chemical Co. Practicing architects throughout the city will help guide the students in their studio experiences, including the competition project.

Re-designing an Icon

Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and built 1946=48, the Terrace Plaza Hotel is a 20-story steel-frame skyscraper clad in red clay brick.

For the competition, students will brainstorm ways to use contemporary and even futuristic building-envelope materials to extend the hotel’s service life another 65 years or longer, according to William Williams, director of the university's School of Architecture and Interior Design.

Williams, along with conference organizers Harold Hower and Sharon Steele, conceived the competition.

Terrace Plaza Hotel
© Don Griffith

Built in 1946-48, the 20-story Terrace Plaza Hotel is clad in red clay brick. The building's skin will be the focus of the re-design competiton.

“Materials have always been an important part of an architectural education,” Williams said. “We want our students to explore new materials and discover what those materials bring to design and construction with an emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency.

“Buildings are no longer just about withstanding weather,” Williams said.

The contest is aimed at students completing the masters of architecture program (M.Arch), Williams noted.

Submission, Jury Details

Entrants will submit drawings and digital models, with an option for physical models, of their visions for the Terrace Plaza Hotel.

The initial group will be winnowed to eight finalists by a preliminary jury of architects from the university and local firms. Judging will be based on the clarity of proposal, sustainability and materials’ lifecycles.

Finalists will showcase their designs at the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel during D+D 2014.

Judging will be by prominent architects with significant experience in aesthetics and building performance, organizers said.

The jury includes Vincent Cammalleri, a senior principal at Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, who is widely respected for his expertise in building-envelope technology; and Steven Danielpour, HOK's head of specifications and an adjunct professor of architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York.

The jury will be guided by competition coordinator Aaron Betsky, adjunct professor at the University of Cinncinati's School of Architecture and Interior Design and, until recently, the long-time director of the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

About D+D 2014

D+D 2014 is designed to integrate the emerging technical community of specifiers, architects, contractors and building owners through their shared interests in building performance and aesthetics.

More information about D+D 2014, including how to register, is available at www.durabilityanddesign.com/show. Discounted early-bird registration ends April 18.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Building envelope; Cladding; Competitions; Conferences; Contests; D+D 2014; Design

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