Under the umbrella of Qatar's 2019 Sustainability Week, Engineers Australia Qatar Chapter and Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) successfully organised a Straw Building Competition hosted at IKEA on Saturday 2 November 2019 and the event was broadcast on Qatar TV.
The resounding success of Qatar Sustainability Week last year attracted more than 30,000 members of the public attending over 220 events held across three cities in the county. The week-long initiative, which hosts a number of sustainability related activities, events and campaigns across the country. Qatar Sustainability Week aims to further engage the community in a wide range of sustainability-oriented activities and plays a crucial role in raising awareness amongst the wider community, while showcasing the progress Qatar has made in the areas of sustainability and green buildings.
The Straw Building Competition was monitored by Engineers Australia Qatar and posted on QGBC social media. The participants built engineering towers and constructions made from recycled straws and tapes, promoting awareness of single-use plastics. It was a challenge of utilizing engineering skills, an opportunity for all age groups and a fun way to build structures and memories.
The objectives of this event were to construct the TALLEST and MOST SUSTAINABLE tower with LIMITED MATERIAL and TIME. Six (6) teams participated in the event representing more than 20 professional engineers, architects and professionals with their family members. The teams were given 150 minutes to build their towers. The teams competed for 3 prize categories: The First Prize is for the Tallest Tower using the least amount of straws (sustainable perspective), The Second Prize is for the Tallest Tower regardless the amount of straws used (structural perspective), and The Third Prize is for the Aesthetic Tower regardless the amount of straws used (architectural perspective). Mr. Mustafa El Cherkawi, President of Engineers Australia Qatar Chapter judged the structures built by the teams according to a consistent set of rules.
The first prize certificate of recognition was awarded to M.Yoosof who built a stable construction of 130 cm utilizing 75 straws in 50 minutes of time with a height to straw quantity ratio of 1.73 ranking as The TALLEST & MOST SUSTAINABLE Tower. The second prize certificate of recognition was awarded to AECOM Team 1 who built a stable construction of 380 cm utilizing 426 straws in 150 minutes of time with a height to straw quantity ratio of 0.89 ranking as The TALLEST Tower. The third prize certificate of recognition was awarded to AECOM Team 2 who built a stable construction of 70 cm utilizing 300 straws in 150 minutes of time with a height to straw quantity ratio of 0.23 ranking as The MOST AESTHETIC Tower.