The GDA GREEN AWARD is dedicated to any project that actively encourages or increases our adoption of more sustainable materials or processes. Usually that entails a reduction in our reliance on fossil-fuel sources.
The newly developed Win-Time organic fire extinguisher foam is the epitome of a green product and a very worthy winner. The Win Time product is the first fire extinguishing agent which based entirely on natural organic plant chemicals. The full-cycle plant-based fire extinguishing agent is a foam-based organic mix which is extracted from a variety of natural plants. This product really is a significant step forward in environmental standards. The agent is non-toxic and free from the dangerous PFOS chemicals that have plagued the firefighting industry.
The APFCT Hydrogen Scooter is an ultra-quiet, fast, non-polluting urban vehicle that doesn't take forever to recharge. No large heavy batteries needed so the vehicle is relatively light in weight. This is a legacy project that has been at the forefront of this technology since it was first introduced. At the time, in 2010 the market wasn't right. It is now.
The APFCT hydrogen-electric scooter was developed through prototypes into the production stage by our team of designers in Denmark and APFCT technologists In Taiwan. The scooter runs on an electric motor powered by 2 low-pressure hydrogen fuel cells. These power cells were easy to change. It takes a minute or so to tank up the scooter to full power.
The Eastern District of Taichung City was an older city district that had fallen behind the times in comparison to other urban areas. New building has accelerated over the past few years especially since the opening of the new Main Station in that district. However, the urban landscape was still bleak and dominated by concrete.
The brief comprised the greening of the Dong Xi Residential Complex. The buildings formed a large, enclosed courtyard that offers good environmental and noise protection from the surrounding heavily trafficked streets. The greening response was to add significant amounts of urban forestry which will create a sustainable oasis of heathy tranquillity to the area, as well as air pollution filtering and thermal shadowing in the climatic conditions.
The climate crisis and the post-pandemic period have really thrown up many challenges to our populations the world over. Thoughtless city expansion and weak planning have made our cities into locomotives of pollution and mental ill health. "Creating Compact Cities" is a strong innovative guide on how we can begin to fix things. It is perhaps destined to be one of the most influential books about urban design to come from Scandinavia.
The solution to our urban challenges is that cities should be designed in a more compact way. With increased density and enhanced liveability, details which increase security, well-being and privacy can be designed in. "Creating Compact Cities" illustrates how this can be achieved with examples from over 40 cities worldwide.
The GDA AWARDS organisation is for the 21st century. The multiple challenges of today are often answered by talented forward-looking people. Unique thinkers and first movers. People who make solutions rather than those who consume passively. The GDA AWARDS are designed to give recognition to those individuals, designers and companies who actually care and strive to do something positive.
For a world where ideas can be exchanged instantly. GDA embraces both the UN's 17 World Goals and also the 2050 zero carbon targets. GDA is also about empowering the individual in using design for the good. And sharing those ideas. For a totally different climate and sustainable lifestyle.
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