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WAF announces Water Research Prize winner
Netherlands Architecture News - Nov 7, 2019 - 13:06 2920 views
World Architecture Festival has announced winner for the 2019 Water Research Prize and the award went to Recycle Build Brazil by Recycle Build.
The 2019 prize was awarded to Recycle Build Brazil, the first phase of a wider research initiative to implement intelligent rainwater management in the city of Saõ José dos Campos, Brazil.
The Austrian team behind the winning project will receive a £10,000 prize from GROHE to support their initiative. Each entrant was asked to identify a new challenge or opportunity related to design and water, and in doing so advance an understanding of water in relation to the built environment.
Recycle Build was chosen from a shortlist of 15 outstanding projects by a panel of expert judges including Henk Ovink, Dutch Ambassador for Water and Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer at Lixil. The prize money will allow Recycle Build to create a new wing for a local school where they can implement and raise awareness of intelligent rainwater harvesting systems. The project aims to pioneer these sustainable measures to be rolled out on a wider scale in low-income housing in Brazil.
The first phase will comprise of a new wing for a school, built using predominantly recycled materials, which will harvest rainwater. The wing will also treat wastewater in an underground wetland system, with environmental benefits to the school community, providing ecologically rich outdoor play areas and helping to cool the building.
The school’s location on a peninsula was the starting point for the project, and the scheme is also designed to reconnect the school’s community with the water that surrounds them, by reorganising entry points to focus the arrival experience around the water, and providing access routes to encourage children to practice water sports safely. The measures implemented in the school will be used as a pilot project for a larger and longer-term proposal for the enhancement of 400 low-income housing units in the local area.
The judges were truly impressed with the proposal and its impact on the wider community commenting that: ‘The prize money will allow a prototype to be developed but will also help to promote an idea which can be implemented in other contexts. The principles of the project could be used in respect to homes for low-income families in similar areas.
"We are delighted with the results of this year’s prize. The winner emerged from a very strong field, showing the commitment of architects across the world to find new ways of using, conserving and recycling the incredible resource that is water. We look forward to meeting the winning team in Amsterdam this December, at World Architecture Festival 2019," said Paul Finch, Director of World Architecture Festival.
"We’re delighted to have been awarded with such a prize for our work on Recycle Build Brazil. We are looking forward to taking next steps to improving the collective awareness of water use as well as realising environmentally friendly and decentralised solutions to waste water issues in the urban environments," said Maria Kuzma, founder of Recycle Build.
Paul Flowers, Chief Design Officer, LIXIL: "The quality of this year’s entries was phenomenal but this specific project caught our imagination due to the educational approach. The project not only builds a school but also takes young people on a journey to understand the relevance of water as a local source and motivates them to interact mindfully with this limited resource. The concept starts as a pilot project and from there will be rolled-out to more than 400 low-cost houses in the area. This is an amazing opportunity to make a tangible difference and it reflects perfectly GROHE’s brand ethos."
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