The Design Observer Group


Posted 10.14.11


University of Toronto

Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards 2011 Winners and Finalists



Daly Genik Architects, The Palms.

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and the cleantech software and services company Zerofootprint have announced the winners of the 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards, honoring green building projects from around the world and showcasing newly evolving re-skinning design technologies.

Winners were chosen by a jury of experts in architecture, design, and engineering: Canadian architect John Patkau, Architecture 2030 Challenge founder Edward Mazria, energy efficient building design expert Thomas Auer, Front Inc. founding partner Michael Ra, Yale architecture professor Michelle Addington, and UCLA architecture professor and founding director of CityLAB Dana Cuff. Zerofootprint founder and CEO Ron Dembo made the announcement last week at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

The purpose of the competition, said Zerofootprint, is to jump-start the discussion about how we might retrofit entire cities, improving our older, existing stock of buildings to fight climate change. “Re-skinning will become the most important design task for the next decades, if we want to seriously reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said juror Thomas Auer.

Winners and finalists are listed below with links to the projects:


Best Overall Project & Best Residential Institutional Category Commercial/Industrial Category The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto is one of Places' partner schools.