Go Green: 9 Ideas for a Human-Powered Event

By Jenny Berg July 12, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Photo: Bob Gundu

Each year, architecture firm Raw Designs hosts an industry event with a topical theme related to city building. This year's June 26 fete, held on the rooftop of a parking garage, was produced again by Kim Graham & Associates and celebrated human power. “While buildings and cranes seemingly build our urban landscape, we wanted to remind guests of the power people have in creating the ideas of shaping our future environments,” said Raw director Ronald Rom Colthoff in a statement.

To bring the abstract theme to life, organizers designed an event that was human-powered. As triathletes furiously pedaled on generator bikes and ran on a human hamster wheel, they created energy that fueled custom light displays and DJ-driven beats. Some 1,400 guests looked on, helping themselves to chocolate drinks created with pedal-power machinery and ice pops that came from human-powered carts. Here's a look inside the sustainable, human-powered evening.

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