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High-tech low-waste products in the works

The race is on as post-secondary students across Western Canada get down to designing new high-tech low-waste produ...


The race is on as post-secondary students across Western Canada get down to designing new high-tech low-waste products. Applicants to the D4E Design for Environment competition come from engineering, communication and graphic design, fine arts, physics, and architecture as well as industrial design. Individuals and teams from Alberta, Manitoba and BC will be preparing eco-friendly plastic film and electronic product designs for November 30’s submission deadline. Prizes will be awarded in both categories: first prize winners can expect up to $3,250, second prize winners up to $1,250.

A panel of experts from the Pacific Northwest has been assembled to judge submissions. Seattle-based designer Tom Johnson, renowned for his studio’s advocacy of design with nature, joins U. of Washington professor Louise St. Pierre, internationally recognized for her work and research in user-centric, sustainable product design. Dr. Freda Pagani, Director of UBC’s Sustainability Office, brings considerable expertise in environmental studies and resource management. Rounding out the panel are local heroine Helen Spiegelman, known for her commitment to "cradle to cradle" solutions for manufactured waste, and Soren Schou, director of Designlines, a company dedicated to product design using environmentally sensitive materials and processes.

From December 10 through 22, competition designs will be on view at the Concourse Gallery of Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design.

For more information, Tel: 604-451-6043

www.design4environment.org

Laura MacMaster, project manager d4e@gvrd.bc.ca

Beverly Yhap, media contact bcyhap@design4environment.org


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