Sebastopol Core Project, California Design Competition

Sebastopol Core Project Competition, US Architecture Exhibition

Sebastopol Core Project, CA : International Design Competition

California Design Competition – Exhibition at Guayakí Cafe

3 Apr 2012

Sebastopol Core Project Exhibition

Sebastopol’s Core Project Designs at Guayakí Yerba Mate

SEBASTOPOL’S CORE PROJECT ENTRIES ON DISPLAY FOR NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE WEEK

24 innovative sketches from international design competition at Guayakí Cafe

Apr 9-13

WHAT: Exhibition of all 24 entries from The Core Project (http://www.the-core-project.org) international design competition.

WHERE: Guayakí Yerba Mate, 6784 Sebastopol Avenue, Sebastopol, CA 95472

WHEN: In conjunction with National Architecture Week, entry boards from around the world will be displayed during regular cafe hours (11 am to 3 pm) Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 13. There will be one after-hours exhibition on Wednesday, April 11, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

COST: This exhibit is free and open to the public.

DETAILS: The city of Sebastopol, California, together with The Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a group of local business sponsors, hosted an international design competition to generate ‘out of the box’ ideas for renovation of the city center. The competition challenged entrants to explore ways to transition Sebastopol from its agricultural past to a lively, sustainable future. 48 students and professionals from around the world entered 24 designs to improve the physical presence of the core of Sebastopol and vie for $2,500 in cash awards. Over 300 guests attended the reception on February 11 held in the RS Basso Building in downtown Sebastopol. Now, anyone who didn’t get a chance to view the designs at that time can head over to Guayakí Yerba Mate to see the entries.

14 Feb 2012

Sebastopol Core Project

Sebastopol’s Core Project Awards $2,500 in Prizes

Entrants impress judges and over 300 guests with innovative and creative ideas Juror Lois Fisher: “These entries are gifts to Sebastopol from all over the world.”

SEBASTOPOL, CALIFORNIA, February 14, 2012 — The Core Project (www.the-core-project.org), an international design competition to generate innovative ideas for renewing the city center of Sebastopol, California, ended with an awards reception on February 11. 48 students and professionals from around the world entered 24 designs to improve the physical presence of the core of Sebastopol and vie for $2,500 in cash awards. Over 300 guests attended the Saturday evening reception held in the RS Basso Building in downtown Sebastopol.

The contest’s first place winning team, Vinod Kadu and Smita Ambadi, won $1,250 for their innovative design entitled “An Urban Meshwork.” Both are recent graduates of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and are CNU-A, LEED Green Associates. Ambadi is a Planner for Pasco County Government in Florida. The two are a married couple who met while studying for their Masters Degrees in Urban Design in New Delhi, India and currently reside in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Kadu says of his team’s design, “This proposed design captures and enhances Downtown Sebastopol’s existing potential to create a unique urban meshwork through which flows art, education, food, health, entertainment, recreation and environment. The mix of purposes not only lends Sebastopol multiple interesting layers, it also creates a variety of economic opportunities for local businesses and residents. Finally, the environment-focused economic model and renewable energy practices propagated by the downtown helps the City of Sebastopol reposition itself as a leader of sustainable economic development within the region.”

Kadu and Ambadi were also awarded special citations for Economic Excellence and Pedestrian Excellence.

The jurors, a panel of five distinguished judges from various fields, chose Kadu and Ambadi’s design after careful review of all 24 entries. Says juror Lois Fisher, president of Fisher Town Design in Santa Rosa, CA of the first place entry “…[it] envisions an expanded, walkable downtown area for Sebastopol. The Laguna de Santa Rosa and access to it would be enhanced as well. This grid of tree-lined complete streets would relieve traffic pressure by giving everyone multiple options to the two highways that divide and dominate Sebastopol now.” Second place winners Joel Baumgardner, Architect, AIA and William Baumgardner, PE, Associate Principal, Transportation Planning at ARUP are brothers who graduated from Sebastopol’s own Analy High School and currently work in San Francisco. Their submission, entitled “re-Connecting Sebastopol,” earned a $500 cash award and a special citation for City Gateway Excellence.

The winner in the People’s Choice category, sponsored by The Press Democrat and North Bay Business Journal, was Sebastopol local Serena Coltrane-Briscoe who recently earned a Masters in Architecture at the University of Oregon. Guests at the awards reception voted on their favorite entry to determine the winner in this category.

Entry boards will be displayed in storefronts throughout downtown Sebastopol through February 21 as well as on the Core Project website (www.the-core-project.org).

Hosted by a group of local businesses along with City of Sebastopol and the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the competition started in August 2011. Sponsors include The Press Democrat, North Bay Business Journal, Architecture Week, the Sebastopol Business Group, and Sebastopol-based businesses Hopmonk Tavern, Kosta Browne Winery, Forchetta/Bastoni, Farm Fresh Clothing Co., Make Magazine, Sebastopol Blue, O’Reilly Media and Sprint Copy Center and individuals Lynn and Barbara Deedler.

Sebastopol Core Project Winners

1st Place Honor Award: $1,250
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Special Citations: Economic Excellence, Pedestrian Excellence
“An Urban Meshwork”
Mr. Vinod Kadu, CNU-A, LEED Green Associate
Architect Planner and Urban Designer (Student)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ms. Smita Ambadi, CNU-A, LEED Green Associate
Architect Planner and Urban Designer (Professional)
Planner – II, Pasco County Government, FL

2nd Place Merit Award: $500
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Special Citation: City Gateway Excellence
“re-Connecting Sebastopol”
Joel Baumgardner. Architect, AIA
William Baumgardner, PE, Associate Principal, Transportation Planning, ARUP
(Professionals)
San Francisco, CA

3rd Place Citation Award: $500
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Special Citations: Artistic Excellence, Community Excellence
ArcFormz
Steve Jewkes
Rick Rocchetti, Deborah Woodbury
(Professionals)
Woodland, CA

4th Place Citation Award
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People’s Choice Award
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