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A proposal for a seaweed-processing plant near Bar Harbor, Maine, the Stack Politic makes ingenious use of hyper-local materials. The aquatic base of the structure would feature stones salvaged from a nearby quarry and arranged in a crib formation. On top of it are drying huts, made of timber with seaweed insulation and topped with a slate roof.

The most innovative building material of all, though, is the surrounding water, which would engulf the base of the structure during high tides, enabling seaweed farmers to canoe up to the huts and deposit their harvest.

AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: The Stack Politic

A proposal for a seaweed-processing plant near Bar Harbor, Maine, the Stack Politic makes ingenious use of hyper-local materials.

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2014
WinnerA+ Award for Student Work
Location
Clifton Forge, Virginia
Team
Professors Keith Zawistowski and Marie Zawistowski with Bethel Abate, Aiysha Alsane, Tyler Atkins, Justin Dennis, Lauren Duda, Huy Duong, Derek Ellison, Megumi Ezure, Katherine Harpst, Ryan Hawkins, Catherine Ives, Anna Knowles-Bagwell, Michael Kretz, Kyle Lee, Jennifer Leeds, Stephanie Mahoney, Leo Naegele, Margaret Nelson, Stephen Perry, Fernanda Rosales, Leah Schaffer, Katherine Schaffernoth, Amanda Schlichting, Ian Shelton, Brent Sikora, Claudia Siles, Emarie Skelton, Samantha Stephenson, Taylor Terrill, Daniel Vantresca, Bryana Warner, Samuel “Aaron” Williams and Samantha Yeh.
2013
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Team
Aaron Choi and Diego Valencia, with Brett Berger, Christine Phu, Kim Stevenson and faculty member Philip Horton, Arizona State University
2022
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Team
Vincent Chuang and Zihao Wei
Location
Kitchener, Canada
School
University of Waterloo (Professor Rick Haldenby)