Cultures of Energy congratulates Weijia Song, Alex Yuen, and Joanna Luo, three Rice architecture students named as finalists for the prestigious Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. The project was developed in Floating Frontiers Studio project conducted by Neeraj Bhatia at Rice University in the Spring of 2012. The project addresses the logistical crisis of offshore oil extraction and proposes a new model of water-based urbanism in the pre-salt region off the Southeast Coast of Brazil.
The final decision of awards will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston on October 16, 2012 (beginning at 6pm). The keynote speaker at the awards ceremony will be Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab.