Metropolis Magazine believes that now more than ever great design must be applied to make all our spaces and everything we use more functional and sustainable, without sacrificing aesthetic appeal. Get Zero challenges you to prove them right--whether you are an architect, interior designer, product designer, landscape designer, graphic designer, communication designer. For the first time in the eight-year history of our annual Next Generation Design Competition, they've supplied an actual site as a test case for entries: an existing eight-story, 1960s-era office building in downtown Los Angeles, owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), a partner in this year's competition and one of the world's biggest landlords. Recently the GSA charged itself with bringing its enormous stock of buildings--more than 9,600--to zero environmental impact. Metropolis now brings that challenge directly to you: Get Zero. The winning entry will receive $10,000, but the potential impact of this year's competition is even more exciting and far reaching, as all the top entries will be innovative design ideas that could be applied to scores of similar buildings across the country and around the world.
To enter, provide design "fixes" that will bring the building to the highest level of sustainable performance in a memorable, beautiful, original way. Transform the entire structure and its surroundings, or tackle one or two individual elements such as facade, roof, fenestration, interior furnishings, or signage. Concentrate on what you know best, and apply immense skill and creative energy in ways that will fully deploy your training and imagination.
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