Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition 2009


Three young French designers hatch an ingenious plan to use existing infrastructure to create clean energy.

Nicola Delon, Raphaël Ménard, and Julien Choppin

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Rising energy costs present new design problems.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage
Genre Architecture, Interior, Landscape, Product
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 30 January 2009 GoogleCal iCal
10 February 2009 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Any designer or architect in practice for ten years or less, as well as design students

For 2009 the driving question is: How do we fix our energy addiction? It’s a big question with a lot of different kinds of answers. The problems with energy waste are entrenched in many of our systems and products in ways that people are often unaware. An urban plan that promotes walk-able neighborhoods and mass transit is one way to start looking at fuel economy. Fuel is also used to manufacture and transport materials. Think about how we live and work, what we use, how we get where we need to go, hidden costs to our pocket books and the environment, across the whole design spectrum. Focus on one area that needs fixing—products, interiors, buildings and landscape, communication systems, or anything else you can imagine—and develop your idea fully. And above all, think of our energy addiction as a design problem at all scales.

Carlton A. Brown (a Founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Full Spectrum)
Valerie Fletcher (Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design)
Eileen Jones (Principal and National Discipline Leader for Perkins+Will | Eva Maddox Branded Environments)
Alexandros E. Washburn (the Chief Urban Designer of the City of New York)
Philip White (Organizer of the Okala ecological design curricula, Assistant professor in the Industrial Design Department, College of Design as well as School of Sustainability, at Arizona State University)

The winner will be featured in the May 2009 issue of Metropolis and on The runners up will also be announced in the May 2009 issue, and stories about select projects will be featured in the Next Generation section of Metropolis magazine thereafter and posted on the Web site.

Entry Fee
$75 for each submission

Up to 10 JPG images

Winner Announcement: May 2009

Past winners

Metropolis magazine

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