Wednesday, October 21, 2009

One Design Fix for the Future Challenge

Here's an interesting design challenge that could prove to be inspiring for our students (whether or not they actually enter the competition.)

METROPOLIS magazine's 2010 Next Generation Design Competition has issued its call for entries.

Good design determines how well products, spaces, and systems work from the beginning. Metropolis magazine thinks that great design ideas can make things work even better. One Design Fix for the Future challenges you to prove them right—whether you are an architect, interior designer, product designer, landscape designer, graphic designer, communication designer. They’re looking for ONE design fix you can make now in your designed environment—the products you use, your home, your workplace, your city, or any commercial application—that, in scale or as inspiration, can improve our future.

To enter, provide one small (but brilliant and elegant) fix—leading to an incremental (or dramatic) change in sustainability. Your fix needn’t have anything to do with “environmentalist engineering” to make a difference. Concentrate on what you know best, are aching to improve in a way that deploys your training and imagination.

DEADLINE: January 29, 2010 but, since the contest is really for professionals you may just want to make it a class assignment and then compare your students' results with the professional entries when Metropolis releases them.

Click on the heading above for details.

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