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Next Generation Design Competition call for entries

Published by Julia Salerno, November 26, 2010.

Metropolis magazine announces the theme for its annual Next Generation Design Competition, in partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The challenge is to take an ordinary GSA office building in Los Angeles, apply immense skill and creative energy, and GET ZERO - Zero Environmental Impact.GSA, one of the world's biggest landlords, is being challenged by its administrator to achieve a Zero Environmental Footprint for its existing office buildings. Next Generation: GET ZERO asks entrants to design "fixes" that will transform the existing building, bringing it to the highest possible level of performance in a memorable, beautiful, and original way.

Entrants may be teams working together to transform the entire building (and its surroundings), or individuals or small groups tackling one or two individual systems and elements (facade, roof, fenestration, interior furnishings and equipment, signage and way-finding, among many other details). The entries must also focus on making the building safe, accessible, and efficient for the people who work there and the thousands of citizens who visit it.

The winner of Next Generation 2011 receives a $10,000 prize. Deadline to enter is January 31, 2011. For more information on the Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition, visit

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