By David Jaehning || September 2019
Congratulations to alumni, Michelle Deng (B.Arch '19) and John Diven (B.Arch '19) as their design, Coastal Sieve, was awarded third place in the 2019 Built2Last, International Student Concrete Design Competition.
Their project was part of the Material Matters design studio taught by David Jaehning at UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture. The semester began by studying the raw materials of concrete and explored how the interaction of parts articulated material concepts.
The project site in Pacifica, California was chosen to confront existing infrastructure weaknesses as they related to disaster response and highlighted sea level rise concerns that will affect coastal communities in the years to come. Within this context, Deng and Diven imagined their building to achieve “resiliency by facilitating semi-protected experiences between the members of the community and the consequences of rising sea levels; these interactions with the environment help the community to safely adjust to change.”
The competition was sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) along with the Portland Cement Association. The award consists of cash prizes and winning designs will be exhibited at the ACSA 108th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA in March 2020.