Sun Robotics, a divisionf of rawlemon™, has successfully reinvented Building-Integrated-Photovoltaics (BIPV) by integrating the key solar power plant components onto patent pending module technologies called MicroTrack. The system provides a building skin with a design made from transparent solar power robots to integrated in facades and glazings, as a built-in device. Based on zero-emission solar conversion and providing 4 times more efficiency than the current available products for building integration (electricity and thermal production, transparency, shading, ventilation and beauty) rawlemon™ transforms the future of zero-energy buildings.
The competition seeks the shell for this transparent powerful technology, exploring architecture, urbanism, and the ways in which people interact with cities and use public space. Each site allows the participants to critically and creatively explore two sets of issues: (1) the way that architecture can respond to the energy problematics in cities through design and sustainable solutions to reach the stand-alone energy buildings of tomorrow; and (2) the way to finance affordable social spaces on vacant public places in city centers to avoid dead zones, rather to promote urban spontaneity.
• Promote urban areas through city center vacant spaces (explore the six cities government property sites)
• Foster innovation and bring sustainable solutions exploring the possibilities of the MicroTrack system and the technology behind. Demonstrate through high rise building projects, the potentialities and efficiency of the system but also its ease of use.
• Define the program tailored to meet with the urban context to allow affordable economy model funding social spaces.
• Combine the sun robot module and the program to design the entire building as the first net-zero energy high rise in the world.
Launch and registration
April 15th Call for Proposals released – Registration start
April-May Early-bird Registration
FAQ (Questions on the sites and rules via the Internet Forum)
April 30th Deadline for submitting questions
May 13th Deadline for answer to questions
October 25th Electronic proposal submission starts.
October 31th Electronic proposal submissions deadline.
End of competition submissions.
November 16th Selection and shortlisting of entries by the juries.
December 14th Final selection of the winning projects by the juries.
December 21th Results announcement.
January 8th Publication of the winning proposals on the WEB platform partners.
The Six Cities Solar High Rise Challenge is a global competition in architecture and building, inviting architects, engineers, urban planners, sustainable designers, and students with faculty sponsorship to submit design proposals for highrise urban power generators/distributed lessor apartment/hotels in New York, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, and Tokyo. Using the MICROTRACK™ module we invite you to prove the reality of the energy positive high rise now and make space for a different direction.
Over the past five years the cost of land and energy in our cities has increased so much that many municipal councils have come to value the needs of the corporation over the needs of the citizen. It begs the question whether the current model is the best model for the most people?
The competition will result in the selection of three projects worldwide. Each will win top title, $4000 US, and the opportunity to build.