O’Donnell and colleague earn second place in Europan competition

March 26, 2010

Caroline O'Donnell, lecturer in architecture, and Troy Schaum, a colleague from the Rice School of Architecture and former visiting critic in architecture at AAP NYC, took second place in the prestigious Europan competition.

The pair spent weeks in early 2009 developing Urban Punc., their plan to transform the eastern German town of Leisnig into a more livable environment suitable to its aging population and attractive to the young, entrepreneurial types so important to its future.

Their entry was one among the hundreds submitted to Europan judges, who challenge architects under 40 to take a hard look at seemingly intractable problems in European cities and towns.    

The plan punctuates Leisnig with interwoven linear parks that would connect the urban center with historic sites, a train station, and the suburbs. Getting into finer detail, O’Donnell and Schaum found the centuries-old housing stock increasingly inaccessible to elderly residents and designed support structures for existing apartment buildings that would provide parking, elevators, gardens, and community space.

Adapted from story originally published by Rice University. By Mike Williams, Rice News staff.

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