PhilaU Students Earn Honors in ACSA’s Timber in the City Competition

Timber

The students imagined the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources.

A transdisciplinary team of Philadelphia University students have earned honorable mention in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s (ACSA) Timber in the City: Urban Habitats Competition.

The contest asks students to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources, offering expedient affordable construction, innovating with new and old wooden materials and designing healthy living and working environments.

Undergraduate architecture students Ross Silverman ’18, Kelly Hayes ’18 and Chunching “James” Ko ’18 and interior design student Caitlin Powell ’17 won honorable mention for their submission “Within a Timber Glade.”

Timber is rapidly gaining popularity over concrete, steel and other conventional building methodologies.

Timber is rapidly gaining popularity over concrete, steel and other conventional building methodologies.

“As a renewable material that stores carbon rather than emitting it in its production process, timber is rapidly gaining popularity over concrete, steel and other conventional building methodologies,” explained Li Hao, adjunct professor of architecture and faculty adviser on the submission. “Winning this competition puts CABE students at the forefront of sustainable thinking and material experimentation in the context of architecture and interior design.”

The winning transdisciplinary team illustrates the power of Nexus Learning at PhilaU, added Lisa Phillips, assistant professor of interior design, who served as project faculty adviser along with Hao and Edgar Stach, professor of architecture.

“The ability to design together, to stay organized and to work with those with varied skill sets is invaluable in the professional world,” she said. “This collaborative approach produces unique designs that balance the interior and exterior, paying special consideration to how people move through, live, work and play in the spaces designed.”

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