Curated Archive 2009

(C)Urban Ecology
2009 Semi-Finalist

(C)urban Ecology is a simple, rugged, modular, micro-remediation system that can be surgically inserted into our streets and can operate with minimal maintenance. It is conceived as a network of channels and voids, and employs Buckminster Fuller’s central notion of “doing more with less".

2009 Semi-Finalist

BerkShares are an experiment in relocalization and economic democracy: a currency that engages citizens in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in supporting and developing local businesses to meet local needs, thereby decreasing reliance on fossil fuel and imports from afar. BerkShares also inspire communities worldwide to create similar local solutions.

Beyond the Petroleum Era
2009 Semi-Finalist

The Galveston project explores conversion of oil rigs to repair coastal regions in two phases. Proto-One establishes community support with a sophisticated housing system utilizing hurricane waste. Proto-Two, a parallel protoCooperative initiative, uses a mineral extraction process to transform the oil and water-purification industries through the use of waste brine as a mineral source for a wide variety of uses.

BK Farmyards
2009 Semi-Finalist

BK Farmyard reconnects farmers and consumers as co-producers of the landscape and food culture. The strategy takes advantage of the existing urban fabric of Brooklyn neighborhoods to reclaim privately held green spaces as farms.

Carnot-Equivalent Stirling Engine and Heat Pump
2009 Semi-Finalist

Our purpose is to bring about a revolution in the efficiency of energy production and consumption by addressing the fundamental problems of engine and heat pump inefficiency.

Civic Ads: Public Smart
2009 Semi-Finalist

"Civic Ads: Public Smart” is a bold proposal based on the assumption that public space should claim civic content in the urban iconography, and that already situated networks of communication technologies provide a compelling infrastructure for ecological and socially responsible information.

Climate Solutions Project
2009 Semi-Finalist

We began thinking about an effective, large-scale intervention in May 2007. We impaneled expert advisors in climate science, economics, ethics, social science, and social marketing, and the CDC funded our planning conference in February 2008. NOAA funded a meeting of experts to assess public attitudes about climate change.

Cycle for Health
2009 Honorable Mention

Cycle for Health is a “pedal powered catalyst that, when placed into a failing rural East African transport system, mobilizes medical resources, personnel and patients.”

2009 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: The Carbon Net Software is an analytical tool that visualizes the carbon emissions with existing GIS data.

Dreaming New Mexico
2009 Runner-Up

Dreaming New Mexico is a bold, visionary and tangible methodology and tool kit for bioregional restoration applicable locally and globalocally. It addresses the systemic nature of restoration of natural and human systems, including governance and the restoration economy.

Ecocity Mapping for Urban Villages
2009 Semi-Finalist


LOCATION: Oakland, California, USA

Greenflight World Link Initiative
2009 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: Sustainable transportation is a fundamental requirement of humanity. The Green Flight World Link Initiative is centered upon the design of the Skylite 500 GeoShip™, a comprehensively engineered geodesic airship employing synergistic technologies for maximum efficiency, environmental compatibility, and robust continuous operation.

KickStart International
2009 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY:KickStart’s mission is to get millions of people out of poverty quickly, permanently and cost-effectively, and in the process, to change how the world fights poverty. Over 1 billion people live in grinding poverty. The majority of these are poor rural farmers trying to eke out an existence. These are the people we serve.

Mukuru Biocentres
2009 Honorable Mention

The Mukuru BioCentre concept is a biogas generating latrine block, managed by community groups, which can be located anywhere in a slum as it treats human waste in-situ without requiring sewerage infrastructure.

Operation Paydirt / Fundred Dollar Bill Project
2009 Semi-Finalist

SUMMARY: This is an art/science project in two parts. New Orleans, one of the most lead polluted cities in the U.S., has 86,000 properties with dangerously high levels of lead in the soil, placing thousands of children at risk for severe learning disabilities and behavioral problems, including violent crime.

Pacific Bamboo Resources
2009 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: Seattle, Washington, USA

Sahara Forest
2009 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: Norway and Jordan

SubEx: Moving Small Package Freight Through City Subways, Not Streets
2009 Semi-Finalist

LOCATION: New York City, USA

SUMMARY: Sub-Ex is a start-up. Our timing is opportune as transit officials seek sustainability options generating creative revenues for fiscally-challenged cities like New York.