Green Space App, Sustainable Library and Public Transit Food System designs take top honours
(Toronto—April 23, 2012) Three projects have shared top prize in the 2012 Sustainable Design Awards, a student-conceived and led design competition that challenges young designers to approach their projects through the lens of ecological sustainability and social consciousness.
The competition, the brainchild of Industrial Design student Mike Lovas and now in its second year, has attracted the attention of artists and designers as well as environmental organizations across North America. This year's competition, presented by SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building, included an inspirational talk by Allan Chochinov, Editor-in-Chief of the leading online design magazine Core77. Chochinov, who teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, also participated as a juror.
The awards drew a three-way tie for the $2,000 purse, plus an honourable mention and a student-choice award from the 51 submissions. The winners are:
Three-way tie for the top prize:
- Green Space App by third-year Environmental Design student Hannah Smith;
Concept: To empower the green movement from the ground up by harnessing the power of networking and community to help plan community gardens and improve parks.
- Public Transit Food System by third-year Graphic Design student Laura Headley and first-year Environmental Design student Ian Brako;
Concept: To leverage existing public transportation such as GO Transit and the TTC to get locally grown food into the city.
- Sustainable Library by Benjamin Gagneux, a Spatial Design major on exchange from L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique in Nantes, France;
Concept: The Library, built out of recycled wooden shipping pallets, created a space for students to have access to resources about sustainable and socially responsible design.
- International Non-Consumptive Currency by fourth-year Graphic Design student Elliot Vredenburg;
Concept: A jewellery-based carbon-credit micro-trading currency system that enables autonomy, stigmatizes unsustainable habits, and rewards non-consumptive practices within the current paradigms of society, industry and politics.
- Obot (The Robot) by fourth-year Industrial Design student Matthew Del Degan;
Concept: a low production run non-toxic toy with five opposable parts made out of a transparent soybean resin called EcoPoxy.
View work by all the winners online.
In addition to Chochinov, the jury included local furniture designer Jason Dressler of Brothers Dressler, Graeme Stewart of ERA Architects, Partner and Co-Founder of Public Displays of Affection Katherine Ngui, and Susan Spencer Lewin, Principal and Director of Sustainable Strategies at CS&P Architects.
Organizers of the Sustainable Design Awards extend their thanks to their generous sponsors: SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building; OCAD University and its Faculty of Design; the Ontario Association of Architects; Vans; CS&P Architects; Engineered Assemblies; 608 Designs; Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario; the Ontario Crafts Council; the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario; the OCAD Student Union; ERA Architects Inc.; Public Displays of Affection; archiTEXT; the Interior Design Show; the David Suzuki Foundation; the Design Exchange and Angell Gallery.
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