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METROPOLIS NEXT GENERATION WINNER: HYDRO WALL
Posted By Sarah Rich On May 4, 2006 @ 7:09 am In Architecture,Green Design Competitions,Green Design Events,New York City | No Comments
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the results of Metropolis Magazine’s  Next Generation 2006 Competition , and we are excited to say that this year’s winning project raises the bar for ecological sustainability and future-forward innovation.
Virginia San Fratello’s winning project, the Hydro Wall  is a concrete and thermoplastic wall system that combines a rainwater catchment , storage , filtering and recycling to supply a building with an efficient and renewal water supply.
San Fratello imagines fire stations utilizing the recycled water from the Hydro Wall to fill trucks, while schools and municipal buildings could use collected water for heating and cooling, watering the landscape and as a gray water supply for the building. What a fabulous idea!
San Fratello will receive a $10,000 seed from sponsors Herman Miller  and Maharam  to create a prototype of the Hydro Wall. The concept clearly has potential to be beneficial in a number of geographic areas and to a great many populations whose water supplies are unstable or severely limited.
The fact that Metropolis  selected this kind of design represents a real affirmation of the direction in which young designers and architects are moving. Hydro Wall is a humanitarian  effort, and a future-forward idea that acknowledges the possibility of drastic changes in climate  and community needs.
The Next Generation  competition was founded in 2003 with a mission to “recognize and encourage activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship among designers.” Last year’s prize  was split between Alisa Andrasek’s  rather astounding “algorithmic library,” Genware; and Joseph Hagerman’s Biopaver ; both of which took a giant leap where so many others are taking tiny (though meaningful!) steps.
We look forward to seeing this prototype made, but most of the thrill for us comes from seeing these design trends honored. This is the stuff we live for: beautiful, creative, constructive solutions for a more sustainable world. These are the kind of people we want designing our future.
+ Metropolis Magazine 
Virginia San Fratello is a co-principal and founder of rael + san fratello studio, and practices architecture in Clemson, SC where she is an assistant professor of architecture at Clemson University. She received her architecture degree from Columbia University’s Masters of Architecture Program in New York City.
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 Metropolis Magazine’s: http://www.metropolismag.com
 Next Generation 2006 Competition: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2005/11/04/next-generation-2006/
 Hydro Wall: http://www.metropolismag.com/cda/story.php?artid=1936
 rainwater catchment: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2005/12/23/ecohouse-brazil/
 storage: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/03/26/rana-creek-living-wall-panels/
 Herman Miller: http://www.hermanmiller.com
 Maharam: http://www.maharam.com
 humanitarian: http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/
 climate: http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/004384.html
 Next Generation: http://www.metropolismag.com/cda/nextgen.php
 Last year’s prize: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_16.php
 Alisa Andrasek’s: http://www.biothing.org/
 Joseph Hagerman’s Biopaver: http://www.biopaver.com/
 International Contemporary Furniture Fair: http://www.icff.com
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