Wilson and Szenasy: Think Green or Start Losing

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An interesting new story over at Metropolis: “Redesigning the Design Competition.” It concerns the magazine’s collaboration with IIDA in their Smart Environment Awards, a competition which not only seeks to find well-crafted interiors, but also wants to introduce the deliberate requirement for sustainable, green considerations within design competitions in general. Here’s some:

The Smart Environments Awards is the brainchild of architect Ken Wilson, principal of the Washington, D.C. based firm Envision, who along with Metropolis editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy developed the competition. Wilson realized that the standards of reward were outdated. “We must recognize that sustainability is an integral part of design excellence and that we can no longer consider projects to be good design if they don’t consider the environment.”