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Post-secondary students and recent graduates across North America are invited to imagine and create ‘resilient communities’ by using living architecture, such as green roofs and walls, to redesign a community center in central San Francisco, Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.

Post-secondary students and recent graduates across North America are invited to imagine and create ‘resilient communities’ by using living architecture, such as green roofs and walls, to redesign a community center in central San Francisco, Calif.

The CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge, hosted on landscape architecture social media platform Land8.com, is an academic element of the green roof and wall industry’s annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference, which takes place in San Francisco from Oct. 23-26 and is hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities in partnership with the City of San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Students are invited to submit designs online to transform the Tenderloin location, an ethnically diverse but highly urbanized landscape with limited open and recreational space, into a facility that would provide expanded space for the area’s 4,000 children to connect with nature through rooftop and wall green space and garden, and the chance to learn about sustainable use of energy and water.

The first place design will receive $2,000 cash and the top eight designs will receive complimentary student passes to the CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference. The top designers who used Vectorworks within their project will win a professional license of Vectorworks Designer 2014 with Renderworks.

Winning designs will be displayed at the CitiesAlive trade show on Oct. 23 and 24, at a green roof and wall themed nightlife event at the Academy of Sciences on Oct. 24 and online at Land8.com.

CitiesAlive Student Design Challenge judges include esteemed landscape architects and planning professionals from the City of San Francisco’s Departments of Planning and Public Works, plus qualified professionals from the Land8 and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities community.

The contest is sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., greenscreen, Permaloc, and LiveRoof, in partnership with the Northern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Designs can be submitted online at http://land8.com/citiesalive. The contest entry deadline is Sept 22.

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