28 Sep '11, 8pm

University of Maryland Wins Prestigious Architecture Contest

Before a packed auditorium today at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the University of Maryland took first place in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Architecture Contest. "WaterShed achieves an elegant mix of inspiration, function, and simplicity. It takes our current greatest challenges in the built environment—energy and water—and transforms them into opportunities for spatial beauty and poetry while maintaining livability in every square inch," said Architecture Contest Juror Michelle Kaufmann. New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington) claimed second place for First Light, its modern interpretation of the traditional New Zealand holiday home, the Kiwi bach. Appalachian State University received third place for its Solar Homestead, which features outdoor living spaces. "This year's teams have managed to raise the bar even higher and have made the job o...

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