Architecture students at PhilaU have been named finalists in two recent design competitions. Stephanie Leigh Ziegler’13 and Scott Murphy’13 were finalists in the 112th John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture, and Christian Kaulius’15 was named as a finalist in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge.
This year’s John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship competition explored the issues of spirituality, environmental stewardship, energy neutrality, and architectural excellence through design of a Cistercian monastery for a site in Bucks County, PA. All graduating architecture students, plus alumni who received degrees in the past three years from Pennsylvania’s six accredited architecture programs, were eligible to enter the competition.
Ziegler and Murphy were two of just six finalists, making this the second consecutive year that PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment produced two finalists, architecture program director and associate professor David Breiner said.
Ziegler’s project, “White Cowl Monastery,” depicts a holistic approach to living, work and worship. Murphy’s project, “Order of Cistercians,” incorporated a wide range of sustainability features that would help the monks harvest the land and provide for themselves and the others they seek to help.
A little further north, Mayor Bloomberg recently challenged young innovators to reinvent New York City’s 11,000 payphones in a way that would promote a safer, healthier, more sustainable and informed city.
Christian Kaulius, a third-year architecture student named a finalist March 5 in the payphone competition, proposed a radically redesigned network of payphones that would provide total wi-fi coverage and improve the lives of “everyday New Yorkers.” Kaulius’ proposal, “An Augmented Reality: The Future of NYC’s Payphone Infrastructure, featured a touchscreen interface that includes access to bike share program to promote green transportation, a crime alert system to make the city safer and an augmented reality compatibility to view the virtual world.
With the rise of mobile phones and digital media, the way the world shares information is rapidly changing. To modernize today’s powerful communications infrastructure, the New York design challenge rallied urban designers, planners, technologists, students and policy experts to create prototypes that imagine the future of payphones.