Meeting the Architecture
An architectural design competition
to help solve the world's climate crisis
The Metals in Construction magazine 2017 Design Challenge invites architects and engineers to submit their design for a high-rise building that integrates its enclosure and its primary structure for the purpose of minimizing embodied energy. A hybrid frame and skin structure can accomplish this by minimizing the materials used in the building’s construction. Studies show that the amount of CO2 emissions embodied in producing construction materials accounts for more than 50 percent of the energy consumed by a building during its lifetime. In highly energy efficient buildings, those embodied emissions can account for almost 300 percent of that energy consumption.
To help reduce embodied energy, the magazine challenges participants to substitute a hybrid frame-and-skin system for the typical aluminum-and-glass curtain wall of a steel-framed high-rise office building. The design must integrate elements providing environmental protection and resistance to wind and seismic forces. Entries will be judged on the amount of embodied energy reduced in the form of building mass, as well as on the overall performance of the enclosure. <>Use the signup form below to receive the detailed Design Brief in October.
Metals in Construction will award a $15,000 cash prize to the design judged to exhibit the greatest innovation, efficiency, and aesthetic integrity in achieving these objectives. The grand prize winner will be announced and the winning design featured prominently in a half-day ideas conference at New York City’s TimesCenter on February 24, 2017. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2017.