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2011 METROPOLIS Next Generation® Design CompetitionJanuary 31st, 2011

There just a few days left to enter Metropolis’ Next Generation Design Competition, a design challenge asking you to give the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) building in downtown L.A. a zero-footprint makeover. Open for interpretation with a number of hungry ears and ready to hear your ideas, the GSA wants you to not only be creative, but to think about how the building’s current energy usage could be improved through renewable energy, smart technologies, and even public awareness. The goal of the competition is to provide an eco-efficient precedent for its more than 9,600 properties across the nation. For more details on the competition, and the $10,000 prize, check out the GSA’s site. All entries are due by January 31st!

January 31st, 2011

January 31st, 2011



A $10,000 prize will go to the winning entry, and the jury will select a group of top runner-up entries with ground-breaking design ideas they'd like to recommend to the GSA, which has committed to making all its holdings sustainable.


You are asked to design a Zero Environmental Footprint for this building, considering any scale of intervention—from windows to light fixtures to interior spaces to building envelope to urban context. Focus on one of these scales and work it through thoroughly. See the Metropolis website for more information and guidance.


Michelle Addington, Professor, Yale School of Architecture Brian Collins, Chief Executive Officer, COLLINS Lawrence Scarpa, AIA, principal at Pugh + Scarpa Architects Leslie Shepherd, AIA, chief architect at GSA Facilitator Susan S. Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis magazine