LOS ANGELES — Metropolis
magazine has announced the theme for its annual Next Generation Design Competition
, in partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration
(GSA), according to a press release.
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, the release stated.
GSA, one of the world''s biggest landlords, is being challenged by its administrator, Martha Johnson, to achieve a zero environmental footprint for its existing office buildings, the release noted.
According to the release, 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.
"Metropolis''s Next Generation Design Competition is important because it brings visionary design to real problems," commented Les Shepherd, GSA''s chief architect.
"The results: Highly innovative solutions to the issues of our day. That''s the kind of thinking we need. We''re not merely seeking to bring our buildings in line with current best practices, we''re looking for breakthrough thinking, and we expect to see it demonstrated in this year''s competition," Shepherd added.