Windscape: An Ideas Competition Envisioning Renewable Energy for Cape Cod

Windscape: An Ideas Competition Envisioning Renewable Energy for Cape Cod

Boston Society of Architects


Competition Challenge:
Can a wind farm be more than just a utility to generate electricity?
Could a grid of off-shore wind turbines be a park, a sculpture garden, a sailing and water sports venue, a tourist destination, a center for scientific research?
Can a wind park be a place to educate the community about the impact of wind energy on the environment?
How do we address the proposed addition of wind farms to our physical and cultural landscape?

Competition Criteria:
Address the view without losing the vision.
Design an educational experience to connect public visitors to the wind park. Through this experience, visitors can learn about wind power as a renewable energy source and its impacts on the environment. This can be achieved through either a centralized visitor's center, a planned experience around or through the park, or a combination of both.
A suggested visitor's center site is Kalmus Beach, Hyannis. While entries are not limited to this site, it is a location in good viewing proximity to the proposed wind park and is close to Hyannis harbor ferry terminals for boat access.
Visions for secondary uses of the turbine field are also encouraged. Recreational uses, research provisions, tours, viewing points, lighting, exhibits and installations are just some of the ideas entries could consider as part of the experience.
Entries must respect Cape Wind's economic viability and engineering criteria proposed for the wind park itself. Details will be provided to registered entrants.
Entries will be judged on innovation of the designed experience; a balance of public planning, art, and education; and an overall understanding of the environmental and visual issues concerning the subject of wind power.

Related Link: Boston Society of Architects

For more information contact:

Alexandra Lee
Boston Society of Architects
52 Broad Street
Boston
Massachusetts 02109
USA

Phone: 617-951-1433 x225
Fax: 617-951-0845
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://www.architects.org

Posted July 20, 2005



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