University of Vermont

'LivingPlace' Design Competition to Hold Award Ceremony Feb. 22

In November, the UVM class “Catalyzing Ecological Design” launched “LivingPlace,” an international competition that invited architects, engineers, designers and artists from around the globe to submit ecological design solutions  for one of three locations: the Burlington waterfront, Burlington High School, or UVM’s University Heights South “GreenHouse” residential learning community.

Competitors were tasked with creating a holistic design submission that integrates stormwater management, sustainable food production and community engagement.

With more than 40 submissions received, votes were cast Feb. 21 by a jury of six, including UVM professor John Todd, a pioneer of ecological design. A public award ceremony will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

The competition is sponsored by the new UVM Ecological Design Collaboratory, a community crossroad for ecological design, and supported by a grant from the Thoreau Foundation.

Read more on the LivingPlace website, and watch this video conversation with Diane Gayer, from the Vermont Design Institute, Walter Poleman, senior lecturer at the Rubenstein School of Envrionment and Natural Resources, and UVM student Lucyanna Labadie: