This is my first time on this forum - this looks like a very interesting competition. Sustainability and green architecture is a passion of mine and I look forward to making a start on this competition.
I live in New Zealand and I am going to use Dart River or in the Native tongue Te Awa Wakatipu as reference for the back drop and location of my project. Te Awa Wakatipu is a rapid moving river and seems like a great place for Micro- Hydro Water Turbines. I'm pretty sure in reality one would not be able to do this on this river but I would still like to point out the great source of energy flowing water can be.
I am currently researching other alternative energy sources and methods of sustainability. Part of the reason I chose Te Awa Wakatipu as a location is because it flows through rich landscape and is a believable place to live off the grid without having to visit a town as such. I guess thats pretty extreme but thats the angle I am taking.
I have a few ideas about what I will do the "dwelling" provided. I don't plan to change it too much as I feel it works well with the New Zealand landscape already. I just want to make sure it does not look out of place. I hope to post some rough mock ups soon.
Good luck to everyone entered.