Debbie Chen '08 wins Holcim Awards "Next Generation" 1st Prize

Debbie Chen '08 wins Holcim Awards "Next Generation" 1st Prize

USC Architecture alumna Debbie Chen ’08 received the 2014 Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 1st Prize for North America for her project Trash for Use, featuring a municipal Center for Harvesting Utility from Waste (CHUW), which collects and processes waste, breaking it down to utilize its components, “turning trash into treasure.” The Holcim Awards recognize innovation and efficiency in sustainable construction. The jury expressed appreciation for Chen’s conception of "a new type of urban infrastructure that offers an answer to the problematic interplay of material flows in urban environments.” They applauded the idea of a waste management strategy that “mine[s] the city” from within, playing a valuable role within the urban ecosystem.

 

Chen will be participating in the USC Architecture 100 Years Lecture Event, Student / Faculty Mentorship Panel on November 5 at 6 pm in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center. The event will feature USC Architecture alumni and past and current faculty.