Winner for Sitra's Low2No Sustainable Development Design Competition Selected

    - Jatkasaari to Become a Carbon Neutral District

    HELSINKI, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - The Low2No Competition for an energy- and
innovation block in Jatkasaari, Helsinki, is shifting from ideas to
implementation. The five international teams, selected out of 74 applicants to
take part in the competition last May, have delivered their competition
proposals during the summer. The competition results were published on
Tuesday, September 1st in Helsinki, Finland.
    The jury selected the proposal of team ARUP - Sauerbruch Hutton -
Experientia - Galley Eco Capital called c_life - City as living factory of
ecology the winner. In their proposal, the multinational team leveraged a
particularly promising consumer/behavioural framework to empower citizens in
meeting the goal of sustainability. In addition, the team presented an
innovative funding model for developing Jatkasaari into the first carbon
neutral district in Finland.
    The international jury found the competition proposals to be of a very
high level of competence and rigor. While each team had a slightly different
perspective on sustainability and implementation, each proposal provided a
comprehensive approach to the Low2No challenge. The proposals suggest e.g. use
of extensive indicators for sustainability, and the utilisation of solar power
and heat, as well as wind energy. The recovery of waste energy from ferries
and ships was a compelling proposition. Most proposals would also connect the
competition block into the district heating grid.
    The five proposals brought up a range of strategies the jury found
particularly insightful: Material efficiency, in particular the use of wooden
structures, as a carbon sink strategy; citizen-centric solutions ranging from
real-time carbon footprint information to onsite food production; water
focused solutions ranging from onsite storm-water management to minimized
water consumption; city densification to reduce carbon footprint and stricter
city-limits to reduce sprawl. All proposals identified opportunities not only
for the Low2No block, but for the City and Finland as well. The jury
recommended Sitra and its partners to continue cooperation with all five teams
in order to facilitate this systemic change.
    The competition is aimed at raising the interest of city decision-makers,
developers, planners and constructors to carefully examine the inevitable
changes they will be facing. The City of Helsinki has shown pioneering spirit
and an open-minded attitude by joining Sitra in this novel competition.
    "Sitra's competition has given valuable material for future practices
within the City of Helsinki, which will be encouraging new site owners to
similar low energy building", stated Deputy Mayor Hannu Penttila in the event.
    "Selecting the winner was extremely challenging, since all proposals
brought up important viewpoints for sustainable development. However, the jury
was unanimous in its selection of the winner. A well developed holistic
proposal, the strategy highlighted two important insights: the creation of a
carbon neutral district dovetailed with consumer oriented planning, thus
supporting Sitra's objective of empowering citizens", says Marco Steinberg,
Director of Strategic Design at Sitra and chairman of the competition jury.
    "Jatkasaari Energy- and Innovation City Block is a key project for Sitra,
contributing to the systemic change towards sustainable building. The
competition also validates my impression of the importance of city planning in
improving sustainability and energy efficient", says Jukka Noponen, Executive
Director of Sitra's Energy Programme.
    "We are very pleased at the competition results and will immediately
continue the negotiations for realising these plans.
    The international Low2No competition seeks comprehensive solutions to
low/no carbon building solutions. The competition aims at showing that the
national and international targets for lowering CO2 emissions and improving
energy efficiency can be reached and even outperformed, while producing an
economically sustainable and high architectural environment. The competition
hopes that it can also help contribute to the cooperation between Finnish and
international experts in different fields. The competition also encourages
cities and communities to set more ambitious targets in developing new areas
and to adopt new business models in planning.

    Low2No Competition Teams (in alphabetical order)

    -   ARUP (London, UK) - Sauerbruch Hutton - Experientia - Galley Eco

    -   Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG (Copenhagen, Denmark) - Vahanen - ARUP
        Foresight Innovation - Transsolar Energietechnik - Anttinen Oiva
        Arkkitehdit AoA - Masu Planning - - Pasi Maenpaa -
        Mikko Jalas

    -   Peter Rose & Partners (Boston, USA) - Michael Van Valkenburgh
        Associates - Guy Nordenson and Associates - Matthias Schuler,
        Transsolar Climate Engineering - Mobility in Chain - ARO
        Architectural Research Office

    -   REX/Croxton Collaborative/NOW (New York, USA) - Transsolar
        Energietechnik - Magnusson Klemencic Associates - Bureau Bas Smets -
        2x4 - Arup New York - Front - Jonathan Rose Companies

    -   WSP Group (London, UK) - Heatherwick Studios - B&M Architects - JK MM
        Architects - Space Syntax - Helsinki University - AA Palmberg Ltd -
        Pekka Himanen - Pauli Aalto-Setala

    Low2No Jury Members

    -   Prof Michelle Addington, Associate Professor, Yale University

    -   Mr Harry Edelman, CEO, Edelman Group

    -   Prof Harrison S. Fraker, Professor, Berkeley University

    -   Mr Matti Kaijansinkko, Jatkasaari Project Leader, City Planning
        Department, City of Helsinki

    -   Mr Timo Kokkila, Property Development Manager, SRV Yhtiot Oyj

    -   Mr Juha Kostiainen, Business Director, Sitra/Energy Programme

    -   Prof Ralf Lindberg, Professor, Tampere University of Technology

    -   Mr Kimmo Lylykangas, Research Manager/Architect, Helsinki University
        of Technology

    -   Mr Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design, Sitra, Chairman of
        the Jury

    -   Ms Helena Sateri, Director General, Ministry of the Environment of

    -   Prof Christian Werthmann, Associate Professor, Harvard University

    Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund

    Competitiveness and well-being today require broad and far-reaching
changes. Sitra gathers information about the future and enables necessary
reforms together with a wide range of actors. The programmes and strategy
processes of Sitra are designed to meet the challenges Finland is facing.
Sitra is an independent public foundation, whose mission is to build
successful Finland for tomorrow.


For further information:

For further information: Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design,
Tel. +358-40-482-7508,; Jukka Noponen, Executive
Director, Energy Programme, Tel. +358-40-587-4323,

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