March 16, 2010: Brooklyn-based architecture collective Terreform ONE announces that Adrian Benepe Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, has joined the jury for the ONE PRIZE Award, an open call for innovative new schemes in urban agriculture. Submissions for urban gardens, rooftop farming, land reclamation, hydroponic facilities and other will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of thinkers and designers chaired by Commissioner Benepe.
Mr. Benepe has worked for nearly 30 years protecting and enhancing New York City’s natural and historic beauty. He has continued this effort as Commissioner of the Department of Parks & Recreation, appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on January 25, 2002. In this role he has focused on improving park facilities and programs for children, developing new waterfront parks and greenways, and making New York City bloom with millions of new flowers and hundred of gardens.
For its first year, ONE PRIZE takes as its theme Mowing to Growing: A Design Competition for Creating Productive Green Space in Cities. The winner will receive $10,000 cash award and the finalists will be invited to participate in TerreFarm, a Summer Lab that explores the larger framework of urban agriculture and its effects on the architecture and urban design of NYC. The Lab’s goal is to test and implement the winning proposals in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Commissioner Benepe. Registration for the competition closes March 31, 2010.
Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a non-profit design group that promotes green design in cities. Since 2006, the group has been a pioneer in ecological design and sustainable construction technology. With visionary proposals in the fields of public transit, waste reuse and community development, as well as lectures, workshops and exhibitions, the Terreform ONE team has pushed the conceptual envelope for ecological architecture and urban design.