The Sustainable Design Awards were handed out last week, with a three-way tie for the top prize.
"The jury's selections paralleled the variety of the submissions," says Mike Lovas, the awards' founder and current Ontario College of Design University
student. "Each winning submission seemed to represent a different approach or sector of design practice: there was a mobile app, an urban plan, a piece of critical design and a designed space/furniture. All very different manifestations of sustainable design."
The winners were third-year environmental design student Hannah Smith for a green-space app that would allow community organizers to plan community gardens and improve parks; Ian Brako, a first-year environmental design student, and third-year graphic design student Laura Headley for their public-transit food system that would engage mass transit to transport locally grown food into the city; and Benjamin Gagneux from the spatial design program (on exchange from L'École de design Nantes Atlantique
) for his design to create a library of sustainability resources out of recycled wooden shipping pallets.
Honourable mention went to Elliot Vredenburg for his jewellery-based carbon-credit micro-trading currency system.
The student choice award went to fourth-year industrial design student Matthew Del Degan. His entry, Obot (The Robot), was a design for a low-production-run children's toy made out of EcoPoxy
, a soybean resin.
The awards were sponsored by OCAD U and presented by Sustainable TO Architecture and Building.
Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Mike Lovas
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