Dec 01

Are you competitive?

(picture found on ineedmotivation.com)

I was browsing the internet and found a cool website that lists competitions for Architects.

There are several competitions on this site but I really liked the one I included below.  I definitely am interested in restaurants using local produce and not trucking it in.  Using local produce not only helps your local farmers but is healthier for you.


new USA: Low Carbon Restaurant Competition

The deadline for entries is March 15th, 2011

The Global Design Competition aims to collect a broad variety of design solutions for low carbon restaurants by any means possible, including but not limited to reduction in the need for electricity, food product choices, localized power generation and waste energy capture and reuse. Toward this goal, entrants are encouraged to re-envision the kitchen and dining space, not as a room of separated appliances fulfilling individual functions, but as a whole functioning system of cooperating elements in which potential ambient energies such as passive solar light and heat and seasonal cold are utilized and waste energy and materials are recycled in the most efficient manner. The carbon score of the overall design will include the embodied energy of all food ingredients, including energy used to grow, harvest, process and package and deliver the ingredients. Designs that integrate food growth are encouraged. The primary consideration is elimination of the need for electricity in operations. The next priority is elimination of the need for energy in the manufacture of equipment and the site’s building materials. The third priority, embodied carbon of the food and beverage products, will be included in the over all score as a separate aspect from the energy use in the kitchen and dining room

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