A number of WRT employees were recognized for national and international design competition entries. Last week, Candice Vanderhorst (Architecture), William Wellington (PUD), Jingran Yu (Landscape Architecture), Dan Bachelder (Architecture) and Arthur Loree (Architecture) presented a summary of their design entries and experiences to our staff.
Candice, William, and Jingran, along with Laura Rigell from the Philadelphia Energy Authority, collaborated this spring on a submission for the Land Art Generator Initiative Biannual Competition. The competition provides a platform for designers to create forward-thinking solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures in the form of public art to serve the city of Port Phillip, Australia.
Connecting people and place is the theme underlying the site’s design. Stitching the foreshore to the local fabric with this dynamic art installation of intricate paths and spaces allows the community to congregate, celebrate, and ignite the different energies at the epicenter of the St. Kilda Triangle. While walking underneath the array, a visitor will notice that each panel is elevated above a bench. The benches are arranged along the circulation paths at varying densities and each contain a gel battery. They are illuminated at dusk to reveal the level of the battery’s charge.The team’s design will be published by Hirmer with other top 50 submissions in October!
Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy hosts a design competition challenging students to propose net-zero designs. Dan Bachelder and Arthur Loree teamed up while they were architecture students at Philadelphia University to reimagine the design of attached housing in Philadelphia. Dan and Arthur created a net-positive housing community in Brewerytown, which qualified them as one of eight finalists from around the world. As finalists, they presented their design to industry leaders at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Colorado.
Congratulations to our team members!