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From World Architecture News.

The cities of Flins and Les Mureaux, located North West of Paris, along the Seine river, will host the new Formula 1 French Grand Prix, a competition won by the team WILMOTTE & ASSOCIÉS SA and APEX in February 2009.

The circuit will integrate itself on a site which currently houses agricultural land, urban spaces and car factories. The Formula 1 circuit is set out on a sensitive natural site and has had to incorporate the highest environmental standards respecting the surrounding environment –fauna, flora and inhabitants alike. Moreover, the whole infrastructure system was designed in perfect harmony with the existing drinking water reservoirs and acoustic barriers and ‘Automatic noise monitoring systems’ have been introduced.

The circuit, which is 4.5km long, will function clockwise with a 1km straight-line, 11 right corners and 4 left ones. This project also houses conference and exhibition halls. The site can accommodate 120,000 spectators. Its main access will be made by train with a dedicated high-speed station. For each Grand Prix, Renault will offer extra parking spaces around the circuit.

To attract and identify the best teams to design a large building complex on a reclaimed harbor at the western edge of Helsinki’s central business district. It is envisaged that the competition will lead to a design commission.

The Low2No competition is a three part competition:

  1. design a strategy or model of the dynamics that support the architecture
  2. design an indicator of sustainability by which the competition proposal and future projects can be measured
  3. design a vision for the project that will ease the heavy lifting of systemic change

In their proposals, teams should declare the best ingredients for sustainable development, and illustrate how they will be mixed over time. The goal: to achieve a low carbon building complex and urban district that will transition to a no carbon complex as the energy context improves.

More than a design, we are looking for a credible strategic framework for change, and the principals upon which the framework was built.

Our competition is designed to seek approaches for four central objectives applied at the scale of a city block:

  1. energy efficiency
  2. low/no carbon emissions
  3. high architectural, spatial and social value
  4. sustainable materials and methods

22 April R FQ submittal due
06 May Selection of best qualified teams announced
Week of 11 May Competition brief available at our website
01-03 June Selected teams in Helsinki for 2-3 day competition introduction & workshop
01 July Competition proposals due
01 September Winning team announced
September Selected teams return to Helsinki for a “next steps” workshop

Results were announced a few weeks ago and no one won, only third prize given. Some of the commentors do not seem to like the designs either.

A full gallery can be found here (although in the Croatian language) at the architects’ association of Split.