The Living Building Challenge, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology, supported by the Kendeda Fund, invited architects across the country to participate in a competition that envisioned a Living Building at Georgia Tech. As one of three finalists, Collins Cooper Carusi, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, and Hellmuth+Bicknese joined forces with engineers, landscape architects and a cost estimator to realize Georgia Tech’s vision of an exemplary, replicable design at the highest standard of sustainability.

Challenged to think differently, the team used new communication tools, including a blog, to collect research ideas. Our team created new tools, such as the Materials Petal Database — a crowdsourced collection of materials for the Living Building Challenge — for both developing and evaluating the design. Two design concepts advanced to form a dialogue of ideas. Formed by the landscape and designed through an integrated approach, both concepts met the stringent performance requirements set out by Georgia Tech, while staying within the $18M budget. Built on gray fields, the designs would restore the natural ecology while engaging students about their systems. 

This efforthas been transformative for our team members. By sharing What We Learned, we hope it can be transformative for you.

Location: Atlanta, GA
Size: 42,500 square feet
Year of Completion: N/A
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