Project UMBRELLA just took the $5,000 first place award in The Architect’s Newspaper and SCI‐Arc’s recent Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, which asked entrants to envision downtown LA as an incubator for green technology and jobs. Designed by Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram and Aleksandra Danielak, UMBRELLA features a series of umbrella-like solar evaporators that collect and clean city sewage so that it can eventually be released into the streets, generating a “transformation into a network of lush, cultivated landscapes.”
The competition asked architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, and more to sketch out a vision for the Cleantech Corridor, a planned 2,000‐acre mixed-use development zone near downtown LA. Seventy entries later, the judges selected UMBRELLA as the best professional entry. Eventually, the designers imagine that the webs of green sprouting throughout downtown will spur even more sustainable development — assuming that UMBRELLA gets the green light from the city.