Next Generation – What’s Going On?

It was recently announced that co-winner in our 2005 competition Joseph Hagerman was awarded a research grant from Rafael Vinoly Architects to study and improve the environmental performance of green roofs. As for his big idea—bio-remediating permeable pavers—he is working toward getting them on the market. Read more details on Joseph here.

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Architect Alisa Andrasek is exhibiting the first iteration of her winning idea “Genware” in the media lounge of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, November 10–December 31, 2005. Layers of sinewy acrylic ribbons manufactured by LightBlocks are suspended from the ceiling, revealing patterns derived using her generative software.

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Landscape architects Cary Moon and Julie Parrett along with activist Grant Cogswell—all finalists in our 2004 competition—will be featured in an upcoming documentary titled “Edens Lost and Found,” set to air in spring 2006 on PBS. Backed by the team’s velvet revolution-style organizing, their plan for a more livable Seattle waterfront has inspired a 500-member citizen action group, the People’s Waterfront Coalition, and drawn the attention of city leaders. As the groundswell grows, their plan is increasingly being considered a viable alternative, and it may yet renew Seattle’s downtown shore.

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Though not a finalist, Abhinand Lath was one of a dozen entrants whose work was selected from the 2004 competition to be included in the ICFF Raw exhibition. His light-diffusing Sensitiles are slated to adorn architect Zaha Hadid’s “Boulevard of Stars,” planned for Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz. Also, Indian architect Rahul Mehrotra has created custom installations of Sensitile for Hewlett Packard’s new headquarters in Bangalore, India.

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The work of Jeff Jenkins, a finalist in the 2004 competition, was included in the “Windows on Industrial Design” exhibition, held at the IDSA National Conference in Washington DC in last summer. In addition to showing the Meta Chair prototype, he introduced five pieces from his new furniture line Atmosphere 5. The Low-Down Table, from this collection, will also be featured in the upcoming book, Design Secrets: Furniture 50 Real-life Projects Uncovered, by Brooke Stoddard and Laurel Saville, available in May 2006.

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