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Student Designers Challenged to Make Cities More Resilient

Post-secondary students and recent graduates across North America are invited to imagine and create “resilient communities” by using living architecture—green roofs and walls—to redesign a community center in central San Francisco.

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The CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge, hosted on landscape architecture social media platform Land8.com, is an academic element of the green roof and wall industry’s annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference, which takes place in San Francisco October 23–26, 2013, and is hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in partnership with the City of San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Students will submit designs online at http://land8.com/page/citiesalive to transform the Tenderloin location—an ethnically diverse but highly urbanized landscape with limited open and recreational space—into a facility that would provide expanded space for the district’s 4,000 children to connect with nature through rooftop and wall green space and gardening, and the chance to learn about sustainable use of energy and water. The contest entry deadline is September 22.

The first-place prize is $2,000. The top eight designs will receive complimentary student passes to the CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference in October and—for those who used Vectorworks within their project—a professional license of Vectorworks Designer 2014 with Renderworks. Winning designs will be displayed at the CitiesAlive trade show on October 23 and 24, at a green-roof-and-wall-themed nightlife event at the Academy of Sciences on October 24, and online at www.Land8.com.

CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge judges include esteemed landscape architects and planning professionals from San Francisco’s Departments of Planning and Public Works, plus qualified professionals from the Land8 and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities community. The contest is sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc., greenscreen©, Permaloc, and LiveRoof, in partnership with the Northern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

For more information on CitiesAlive and the CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge, contact Rebecca Black, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, at rblack@greenroofs.org or 416-535-2586.

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