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SCI-Arc is pleased to announce the winners of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, an open ideas competition sponsored by SCI‐Arc and The Architect's Newspaper. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, civic, business, and architecture and design thought-leaders gathered at SCI-Arc to celebrate the Cleantech 2010 winners. An exhibition of the winning projects is on view in the SCI‐Arc Library through October 27.

A community celebration was held on Saturday, October 9, in downtown Los Angeles on the SCI-Arc campus, featuring a panel discussion with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, SCI-Arc director Eric Owen Moss, director of academic affairs Hsinming Fung, and organizing hosts Peter Zellner and David Bergman of SCI-Arc and Sam Lubell of The Architect's Newspaper.

"SCI-Arc came downtown to participate in the re-imagining of downtown," says SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss. "The Cleantech discourse is an essential part of that re-imagining. Unlike most cities to which Los Angeles is often compared, we're a young city with a realistic opportunity to define and implement the next conceptual city. Let's go!"

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Imagining an innovative urban vision for the recently designated Los Angeles Cleantech district in downtown Los Angeles is the current focus of SCI-Arc's Future Initiatives program. Under the direction of faculty member Peter Zellner and David Bergman, the post-professional degree program has once again partnered with The Architect's Newspaper to sponsor its latest open ideas competition, Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor & Green District Competition.

The competition asked architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, students and environmental professionals to create an innovative urban vision for Los Angeles' Cleantech Corridor, a several-mile-long development zone on the eastern edge of downtown LA. It asked entrants to move beyond industrial uses—creating an integrated economic, residential, clean energy, and cultural engine for the city through architectural and urban strategies.

Commenting on the importance of the competition, juror Stan Allen, dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University and Pricipal of Stan Allen Architect, noted that it "envisions a strategic way forward that re-imagines the city of the future as a place not only of consumption, but a place where things are still made, but now produced using all of the new technologies available today to work more sustainably. It helps to move the debates forward in architecture, landscape and urbanism."

The corridor is located just East downtown, along the river. - Courtesy of LA Mayor's office

Awards were given in professional and student categories and winners will be honored in a ceremony taking place Saturday, October 9 at SCI-Arc at 2pm, followed by an exhibition of the Competition work.

The competition, which offers more than $11,000 in prize money, is presented with the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA), which established the Cleantech Corridor. Crucially, this competition will provide an open ideas forum for provocative, even revolutionary, new visions of LA's urban fabric and infrastructure.


Competition Jury

Stan Allen
Dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University
Principal, Stan Allen Architect

Ming Fung
Director of Academic Affairs, SCI-Arc
Principal, Hodgetts+Fung Design and Architecture

Cris B. Liban, D.Env., P.E.
Environmental Compliance and Services Department Manage, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Michael Maltzan
Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture

Dennis McGlade
President/Partner OLIN, RLA, FASLA

Romel Pascual
City of Los Angeles Deputy Mayor, Energy and Environment

Nikolas Patsaouras
Past president of the Board of the Water and Power Commissioners
Former board member of the MTA

Donald Spivack
Deputy Chief of Operations and Policy, Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles


Awards & Prizes

Up to $11,500.00 in prize monies will be awarded at the discretion of the Jury.

Professional Category
First Place Award: $5000
Second Place Award: $2000
Third Place Award: $1000
5 Honorable Mentions: Award Plaque and SCI-Arc Publications Collection

Student Category
First Place Award: $2000
Second Place Award: $1000
Third Place Award: $500
5 Honorable Mentions: Award Plaque and SCI-Arc Publications Collection


The Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor & Green District Competition is sponsored by the Southern California Institute of Architecture and The Architect's Newspaper. The competition is presented by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Quercus Trust, and Latham & Watkins LLP. Competition partners include the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles’ Office of Economic and Business Policy, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Clean Tech LA, and U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.