Architecture Contest At Solar Decathlon Won By Prague Team

by Amber Archangel

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The Czech Republic deck where visitors could write on the blackboard walls. | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

Czech Technical University took first place in the highly competitive Architecture Contest and Vienna University of Technology received top honors in the Communications Contest on the morning of October 11, at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, reports Solar Decathlon. The following is from the Solar Decathlon blog:

European Teams Top Architecture and Communications Contests

A jury of professional architects determined the Architecture Contest winners by assessing each house’s architectural elements, environmental compatibility and occupant comfort, design inspiration, and construction specifications.

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Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The interior of  Czech Technical University’s AIR House, which won first place in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 Architecture contest, incorporates warm and natural wood finishes to create a comfortable place to dwell and reenergize.

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The sleeping area in the Czech Republic AIR House. | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.



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The bathroom in the Czech Republic AIR House. | Photo credit: Jason Flakes | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Architecture Contest juror Richard N. Swett of Climate PROSPERITY Enterprise Solutions LLC:

The first-place winner, AIR House from Czech Technical University, provides a multitude of wonderful architectural experiences despite its simple and uncomplicated design. Using light and materials, this house creates a warm and inviting cocoon where indoor and outdoor living are intertwined with the elements of sun and nature.

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The wooden shower floor in the bathroom of the Czech Republic AIR House | Photo credit: Michael Batori

There were many audible ”oh’s” and “ah’s” when visitors who toured the house in our group, saw the bathroom in the AIR House. The combination of the team’s use of spruce — which is a native resource in the Czech Republic, with the clean, sleekness of the glass is very appealing. As in many of the competition houses, the floor of the shower is made from wood and is a greywater collection point.

Stevens Institute of Technology won second place in the Architecture Contest for its house, Ecohabit. Third place went to the University of Southern California for fluxHome.

For the Communications Contest, a jury of communications professionals evaluated each team’s website, public exhibit materials, public tours, and audiovisual presentation for clear and consistent messages, representative images, and creative audience engagement.

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Photo credit: Stefano Paltera | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Sandra Violand, architecture student at Vienna University of Technology, which won first place in the Communications Contest, offers the team’s handout to visitors at the entrance of the LISI house. Voiland also wears the handout, which not only offers information about the team’s Solar Decathlon entry but can also be folded into a wearable crown.

Communications Contest juror Mark Walhimer of Museum Planning LLC.:

As a second-time juror, I was blown away by the amount of work and creativity the 2013 entries showed in their communications efforts. The top teams represented a very high level of sophistication in their brand building.

Second place in the Communications Content went to University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Middlebury College took third place.

Walhimer said that the most successful teams in the Communications Contest were able to portray a lifestyle brand rather than merely conveying the technical features of their houses.

Engineering Contest results and the overall winner of Solar Decathlon 2013 will be announced tomorrow, Saturday, October 12.

The Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO are both taking place in Irvine, California through Sunday, October 13.

It’s FREE! Public hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily:

  • Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13, 2013

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Amber Archangel is an artist, painter, writer, interior designer, graphic designer, constant student of many studies and founder of Living with respect for the environment close at hand, the food chain, natural remedies for healing, the earth, people and animals is a life-long expression and commitment. As half of a home-building team, she helped design and build harmonious, sustainable and net-zero homes that incorporate clean air systems, passive and active solar energy as well as rainwater collection systems. Archangel is fond of private aviation, would love to fly in the solar airplane and install a wind turbine in her yard. She is a peaceful, courageous soul who believes that clean energy is helping our economy and helping our world; she enjoys contributing to this effort.

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Omega Center Conference Draws Big-name Speakers

by Jo Borrás


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Next week’s OCSL (Omega Center for Sustainable Living) conference is turning out to be one of the most power-packed sustainability meetings of 2013. Headlining the event are speakers like former President Bill Clinton, economist and author Jeremy Rifkin, Professor David Orr (who I’ve waved at from my seat at the Feve a few times over the years) and an old friend of Cleantechnica, Paul Hawken.

For those of you unfamiliar with the OCSL, the project’s centerpiece is an actual building that’s designed to be entirely self-sustaining. The building itself uses a number of clever design features to generate solar power, cool the structure, and more. The organizers behind the OCSL conference hope to use the building as a talking point to educate builders, designers, and architects on ways to design good-looking structures that are more “in tune” with their environments. That’s evident in the group’s stated mission …

Omega Center Mission

“Through innovative educational experiences that awaken the best in the human spirit, Omega provides hope and healing for individuals and society.”

… and through the renderings and diagrams of the OCSL shown, below, which were provided to the press as a whole by the Omega Center’s architects when the project was first announced. The conference will be held October 4-6th, with tickets starting at $275. If you’re in the New York area, you should definitely check it out!



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.Omega Center Conference

Source | Photos: Omega Center for Sustainable Living.

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Jo Borrás I’ve been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the Important Media network. You can find me on Twitter, Skype (jo.borras) or Google+.