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Design competition honors for Submergia

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Submergia, a conceptual design for a city of the future developed by Shepley Bulfinch’s Tad Jusczyk , has been recognized in the 3rd Advanced Architecture Contest: The Self-Sufficient City, held in Barcelona earlier this year. The international competition, which attracted more than 700 entries from around the world, was sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Hewlett-Packard.

Submergia creates a new typology for suburban housing with a series of floating cities, each designed to accommodate 8,000 people. Tad, working with partner Andrew Wit, envisioned the new cities for sites south of San Francisco, where existing communities face the risk of submersion due to rising sea levels over the next half-century. The floating cities provide the amenities of urban life, including parks, schools, commercial centers, and housing. As seen in the section at right, only twenty feet of the ¼-mile long structure are above the waterline, with a park at the top level. Power is generated through a system that harnesses wave motion.

Tad’s project was one of 28 selected by the judges for demonstrating “great diversity and a vision of the habitation of the future” and ranked seventh overall in the judges’ scoring. Submergia is among the design competition’s top submissions to be included in a book and international exhibition planned for later this year.

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