Advancing the Education of Young Architecture Graduates through Foreign Travel-Study

2012 Competition Finalists Entries

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Catalyst
by Aaron Locke — Winner of Fellowship Competition

Between Nature and Man


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Bolsa Chica Wetlands Center
by Laura Alvarez (now Squillace) — Alternate to Winner

Positioned along the Pacific Flyway, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Center is a sanctuary for migratory birds & aquatic species that traverse the coast of Southern California. This Center is to be the first of a series of proposed wildlife museums, along this migratory route, in order to create awareness as well as protection. The Bolsa Chica Wetlands Center will connect the wetlands to the broader community with a future trail system and active educational programs while purifying both regional water and air.


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The Nest
by Lang Lor — Finalist

THE NEST IS A VISITOR CENTER IN BOLSA CHICA DESIGNED TO EDUCATE AND INFORM FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS OF THE CONSTANTLY ENDANGERED NATURAL HABITAT. BEING HOME TO THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS ALIKE THE DESTRUCTION OF IT OFTEN LEADS TO THE EXTINCTION OF ENTIRE SPECIES. BEYOND PROVIDING INFORMATION AND EXHIBITS OF THE NATURAL HABITAT THE “NEST” PROPOSES A NEW KIND OF ACTIVISM, BIRDWATCHING. THE IDEA BEHIND THE NEST IS TO PROVIDE A CENTRAL LOCATION FOR VETERANS AND AMATEURS ALIKE TO COME AND PARTICIPATE IN BIRDWATCHING. UNKNOWN TO MANY PEOPLE, BIRDWATCHING IS NOT ONLY A LEISURE BUT ALSO A SPORT. THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THE NEST IS TO FIND NEW AND CREATIVE WAYS IN TEACHING THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING OUR PLANET. THE GREEN ROOF TOP OF THE NEST IS MAINLY DESIGNATED FOR BIRDWATCHERS AND PROVIDES A VENUE FOR POSSIBLE BIRDWATCHING SPORTS IN THE FUTURE.


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Bolsa Chica Tidal Exploration Center
by Paul Wolfe — Finalist

Interaction with the tidal zone at a bird’s eye view can be stunning - but to truly understand one must venture to the level of the sea and view up close the nature of the tides.


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Meandering Knowledge
by Zachary Morgan — Finalist

The Bolsa Chica Wetlands visitor’s center will become a staple of the ecological habitat of the Huntington Beach community. It will serve to educate children and adults about the wetlands while simultaneously allowing them to experience it and discover on their own. The exhibition becomes the experience. The design is built around the concept that it is a static program centered on the perceptions of movement, both in people and wildlife. From this, the site was divided into axes. These axes became the basis for the meandering project which allows people to travel through the wetlands and enjoy it from different angles, rather than shoot them from one side to the other. The meandering path terminates in an amazing 180 degree view of the nesting grounds. Most of the project is made out of environmentally safe and sustainable Oriented Strand Board or recycled wood from nearby or from the bridge which will be dismantled to construct the new center. There is an intrinsic conflict when building a building like this in an ecological preserve so rather than build against the natural landscape, the building will become a part of the ecological infrastructure. Ultimately, the Bolsa Chica Vistor Learning Center is an interactive experience of both learning and application and is designed for people to have a fulfilling experience of nature every time they visit.





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