Finalists Selected From The First Annual Index: | Aiga Design Challenge

Friday, March 27, 2009 18:27

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Finalists have been selected from the first annual INDEX: | AIGA Design Challenge, “Designing Water’s Future”.
The Copenhagen based non-profit organization INDEX: DesignTo Improve Life, dedicated to intelligent design worldwide and AIGA, the professional association for design focused on advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force teamed up after the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to create a joint project INDEX:| AIGA Aspen Design Challenge; whose mission is to engage the millennial generation in solving a set of global issues.
The first of these annual challenges was “Designing Water’s Future”, more than 450 students from 115 universities in 27 countries participated in the challenge, tasked with developing design solutions to address the global water crisis.
According to the jury to the jury, which convened in New York City in late February to select 7 finalists and ten Honourable Mentions, the results were outstanding. “The vibrancy with which some of the global water issues, like less than optimal use of water, got translated into issues like how you actually water your lawns was amazing” said juror Margaret Catley-Carlson.
The Jury was composed of experts in design, environmental policy, water economics and development and met over a two-day period to assess the 225 projects submissions. The seven finalists are invited to meet in Aspen, Colorado in July and Copenhagen this August to refine concepts, develop business plans and meet with venture capitalists and foundations. Selected finalists will be present at the UN Climate Conference this year in Copenhagen and the ultimate winner will be awarded with 10,000 USD to implement its design.

The seven finalist projects selected in February 2009 for successfully addressing the Challenge in terms of form, context, potential impact and feasibility were:

Emergency Water Purifier for Flood Conditions, submitted by Ozgur Ceren Bagatar and faculty advisor Peter Avondoglio of the Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden.

Every Drop Counts, submitted by Ulrik Svenningsen and faculty advisor Peter Avondoglio of the Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden.

Improved Ceramic Filter for Rural Household, submitted by Martin Bolton at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Oli, submitted by participants of the Samsung Design Membership 2008 (Summer Internship Program), Participants of the Samsung Design Membership 2008 program are Brad Smith, University of Cincinnati; Franklin Crosby, Metropolitan State College of Denver; Nallieli Santamaraia, New York University; Raymond Bessemer, California State University, Long Beach; Sergio Coronado, Purdue University; Sean Whang, Art Center College of Design of Pasadena; Michelle Koza, mentor, UX manager and Wesley Millora, co-mentor, senior industrial designer, all from the United States.

Rethink Your Green0 submitted by Manuel Garcia, Eileen Hsu, Pouya Jahanshahi, Masato Nakada, Michelle Park, Maece Seirafi-Najar and faculty advisors Paula Daniels, Jane Galbraith, Stephanie Pincetl, Joseph Prichard and Louise Sandhaus of California Institute of the Arts, United States.

Save the River Jadro, submitted by Igor Carli and faculty advisor Tomislav Lerotic of the Arts Academy University of Split, Croatia,

Veggie Patch,submitted by Jo Szczepanska and faculty advisor Selby Coxon of Monash University, Australia.

For information in full visit: www.aspendesignchallenge.org.

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