Rethinking the Future, an organization that disseminates innovative ideas in architecture and design that address the needs of the future in relation to climate change, recently announced its winners for the Rethinking the Future Sustainability Awards 2017. This international design competition, receiving over 450 entries from across the globe, recognized its winning projects for their creative and analytical depth – all with an aim towards a more sustainable future.
Congratulations to the collaborative team of Anna Morrison (MArch, School of Architecture ’19), Henry Neuwirth (MBA, Darden ’19), and Zazu Swistel (MArch, School of Architecture ’19) for winning first place for their submission, Atlanta: Absorb & Release.
Their proposal addresses Atlanta as a multi-nodal network, connecting suburban centers to each other through a Bus Rapid Transit system. It calls for denser housing development around the transit stations to provide more affordable and sustainable options. It also seeks to gain more value out of Atlanta’s vast surface lots, backyards, and strip malls. Their proposal uses the wealth of land and heat in the Atlanta suburbs to generate distributed renewable energy and create cooler public spaces.