NM Students Share 'Concrete Thinking'

Staff | September 28, 2010

Skokie, IL— The versatility and recyclability of concrete was put to the test in the third annual Concrete Thinking for a Sustainable World student design competition.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Portland Cement Association-sponsored competition included more than 800 students from 33 architecture schools around the world. Students either created an environmentally responsible recycling center, focused on reusing today's materials to preserve tomorrow's resources, or designed a building element that provides a sustainable solution to real-world environmental challenges.

Antonio Vigil of the University of New Mexico won first place in the recycling center category for his interesting blend of programmatic elements built around the prominent sustainable theme of reduce, recycle, reuse. His recycling center was located in a central shopping area and included a local market or "Mercardo" for people to sell and exchange goods.

In addition, University of New Mexico student Dean Cowdrey won an honorable mention in the recycling center category. The faculty sponsor for both students is Geoffrey Adams.

Winning students, their faculty sponsors and schools will receive cash prizes and software totaling nearly $50,000. Included in the prize package is StructurePoint concrete design software, a retail value of nearly $10,000.