July 23, 2015
University of Pennsylvania Wins VCA 2015
Singapore, 9 July 2015 – The National University of Singapore's (NUS) School of Design and Environment, together with international philanthropic organisation World Future Foundation Ltd (WFF) and Beijing Vantone Citylogic Investment Corporation (Vantone Citylogic), announced the winners of the "Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition 2015: Everyone Contributes" today. This annual student competition seeks to address the problems of urban sprawl, congestion and pollution faced by Asia's overcrowded cities.
Into its fifth year, this year's competition focuses on the idea of community to explore high density urban typologies for building sustainable and resilient communities and liveable environments. The teams were challenged to provide holistic and integrated solutions for a competition site in Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore.
A total of 18 teams from 10 universities in Asia, Europe and the United States took part in the competition. The participating universities are: NUS; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Tongji University; Tsinghua University; University of Tokyo; Delft University of Technology; ETH Zurich; University of California at Berkeley; University of Michigan; and University of Pennsylvania.
Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Defence, presented prizes to the winning teams at the Awards Presentation Ceremony held at NUS.
University of Pennsylvania was awarded the first prize with the winning entry titled "The Third Reserve", while teams from University of California, Berkeley and Tsinghua University took the second and third places respectively with their entry titled "Quarry Shores" and "Pigeon City", respectively. The top three winning submissions were awarded cash prizes of S$15,000, S$10,000 and S$5,000 respectively. Two Honourable Mentions were also presented to teams from NUS and ETH Zurich.
Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition was jointly launched by the NUS and WFF in January 2011. The initiative aims to find new urban models for cities that cater to a greater population without compromising quality of life. The competition, which is held over five years, is supported by a gift of S$1.5 million from WFF and Vantone Citylogic.
Two proposals from each university were selected for the finals. The Design Jury assessed the entries in five areas: sustainability (environmental); quality of life (inclusiveness and community); technical innovation (technology and techniques); relationship to context (place, awareness of conditions, climate and cultural context); and feasibility (buildability, financial and social support).
For more information on the competition, please visit: http://www.verticalcitiesasia.com/