Giant solar evaporators shaped like mushrooms have won first prize in the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition.
The competition asked architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, students and environmental professionals to design a innovative urban vision for a several mile stretch on the eastern edge of downtown LA.
The winning entrant The Umbrella by Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram, Aleksandra Danielak from Oslo, Norway, won first place and a $5,000 prize in the Professional Category from 70 other entries.
The Umbrellas or giant mushrooms would use black water from city sewage and clean it in the dome through a process of solar evaporation. The cleaned water would then be used to transform the surrounding areas into greener public spaces.