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Turning Home Design Upside Down

International Cradle to Cradle Home Design and Construction Competition
By Natural Home magazine editorial staff
July/August 2004
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An innovative housing competition, the International Cradle to Cradle Home Design and Construction Competition (C2C) aims to reinvent the way we make buildings—from creation to construction. Natural Home will decorate one of the winning houses, to be constructed in 2005.

Contest presenters: Roanoke Regional Housing Network, GreenBlue Institute, Environmental Design + Construction.

Who competes: Architects and architecture students can submit sustainable house designs based on principles outlined in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (North Point Press, 2002) by William McDonough, FAIA, and Michael Braungart.

What is Cradle to Cradle? This paradigm recognizes that while energy resources are abundant, material resources are finite and must be constantly reused. A C2C home allows for complete reuse of all construction materials and gleans energy from the sun. See

Deadlines: Registration closes November 15. Submissions are due by December 15.

Green building: Winning design teams will receive paid internships to participate in building their designs in Roanoke, Virginia, during the summer of 2005.

Steps ahead: Corporate sponsors and suppliers will be encouraged to develop new, environmentally sustainable building materials and manufacturing processes based on the cradle-to-cradle philosophy.

Contest judges: Alexander Garvin, author of The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t (McGraw Hill, 2002); Daniel Libeskind, designer of the Ground Zero Freedom Tower; William McDonough, recipient of two Presidential Awards for Sustainability; Randall Stout, former associate with Frank Gehry; Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House (Taunton Press) series.

Learn more: Details on design assignment, space requirements, the competition process, and registration are available at

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