The Museum of Art & Design is pleased to announce the four winners and 13 competition finalists of the 2011 Victor J. Papanek Social Design Awards. The competition is inspired by Papanek's design philosophy:
Design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical in the truest sense. It must dedicate itself to...maximum diversity with minimum inventory...or doing the most with the least.
The projects that follow will be featured in forthcoming Exhibitions at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (November 2011) and the Museum of Arts and Design and/or the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (March 2012).
Open Green Map
1.) Wendy E. Brawer, Green Map System
Description: Merging Green Map Icons, Google Map and local knowledge, Open Green Map has received 8 international honors. It's a low-cost, accessible way to promote green businesses, local farms, community gardens, carbon-smart mobility, social justice and other sites for community and environmental well-being.
Materials: Drupal, Google Map, Green Map Icons
Technique: Green Map System
Dimensions: 4.70 × 6.10 inches
2.) Lars Marcus Vedeler, Jani Sanitary Pad
Collaborating Artists: Marc Hoogendijk, Sophie Thornander, Karin Lidman, Kristin Tobiassen
Description: The 10 pack, and single pack of Jani sanitary pad version 1
Materials: Water Hyacinth paper, Beeswax, regular paper
Dimensions: 1.00 X 10.00 X 10.00 centimeters
3.) Yves Behar, OLPC XO-3
Collaborating Artists: FUSEPROJECT
Materials: Plastic, rubber, silicon, metal
Dimensions: 6.00 X 8.00 X 0.50 inches
4) Mitchell Joachim, Urbaneering Brooklyn 2110: Ecological City of the Future
Collaborating Artists: Planetary One + Terreform One
Materials: foam and wood
Dimensions: 10.00 X 12.00 X 1.00 ft.
5) Yves Behar, "See Better to Learn Better"
Collaborating Artists: FUSEPROJECT
Technique: Augen Optics
Dimensions: 2.00 X 6.00 X 6.00 inches
6) Margaret Durkan, Emergency Ambulance
Collaborating artist: HELEN HAMLYN CENTRE FOR DESIGN, ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
Description: Rendered CAD image of penultimate design iteration. The attendant seats are positioned for easy patient monitoring either facing a conscious patient, or when delivering more intensive treatment.
7) Alberto Vasquez, Flow
Description: 'Flow' is a bamboo-made, self maintaining public lighting which operates on the principle of vertical wind turbine. The whole lamp disintegrates in nature except for the electronics' LEDs, wires and dynamo, which after time can be recycled. Due to the simple junctions and mechanics, it can also be produced by the local unskilled workforce.
Materials: Bamboo, Led, Dinamo, Wires
Dimensions: 4.00 X 0.10 X 0.10 meters
8) EOOS Design, Plant 3 (Algae Community Power Station)
Description: A gardener takes care of the 450 m3 algae bioreactor and observes the growing process of the algae. The harvested and dried biomass can be preserved in a silo.
Materials: Microalgae tank, hydrophobic conveyor belt for harvesting and drying, silo for dried biomass, circulation pump with integrated light, roofing
Dimensions: 5.00 X 20.00 X 20.00 meters
9) Yasaman Sheri, Lota de Agua
Description: The user simply steps on the platform and it forces the bellows to move down slowly. The platform is on a track that is built in to the design of the container. This forces the water to push up through pressure.
Materials: Plastic and metal
Dimensions: 8.50 X 11.00 X 0.00 in.
10) Angie Rattay, "Planet Earth - Directions for Use"
Collaborating Artist: ANGIENEERING - DESIGN FOR GOOD
Description: Boxes with leaflets
Materials: FSC lightweight paper
Technique: gugler cross media
Dimensions: 24.00 X 153.00 X 56.00 cm.
Sra Pou vocational school exterior view
11) Hilla Rudanko, Sra Pou Vocational School
Collaborating Artists: ANSSI KANKKUNEN
Description: Sra Pou vocational school in Sra Pou, Cambodia by Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen. Designed in 2010-11 and completed in April 2011.
Materials: Handmade sundried soil block
Dimensions: 5.00 X 10.00 X 15.00 meters
12) Anatoliy Omelchenko, The Edible Spoon
Collaborating Artist: Triangle Tree
Description: The Eco-spoon removes the need for non-biodegradable disposable plastic spoons. It is 100% natural, made entirely of corn. It is 100% biodegradable.
Materials: corn flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, eggs, separated milk, spices and herbs
13) Yasaman Sheri, Braille Buddy
Description: The final design was prototyped many times, this was the final prototype- semi works like and looks like model.
Materials: Plastic - Soft Touch - tactile screen
14) Anatoliy Omelchenko, iBamboo Speaker
Collaborating Artist: Triangle Tree
Description: iBamboo is a natural speaker made from a single natural material, bamboo.
Dimensions: 13.00 X 3.00 X 3.00 inches
15) Elizabeth S. Schultz, Silverphone
Collaborating Artists: Zane Coffin, Sung Jun Kim, and Jung Min Lee
Description: This picture shows the silver phone in its docking station with the neckband coming out of the top of the phone. The neckband allows the user to put the phone around there neck for easier use as well as accessible storing.
Materials: Polypropylene, Stainless Steel, Aluminum
Dimensions: 5.25 X 11.00 X 10.00 inches
16) Kristina E. Drury, TYTHEdesign - Mobile Soup Kitchen (MSK)
Collaborating Artists: THE TYTHEDESIGN TEAM
Description: The Food Bank for New York City estimates that 3.3 million New Yorkers experience financial difficulty putting food on the table. The St. John's Bread & Life Mobile Soup Kitchen is a customized 37' RV soup kitchen that serves over 500 meals per day at multiple locations throughout Brooklyn.
17) Talia E. Radford, AquaIris
Collaborating Artists: Juan Sebastian Gomez
Materials: UVC Resistant Polymer, Converter Crystals
Social responsibility is at the core of any discussion regarding Victor J. Papanek (1923-1998) and his approach to contemporary design. His ideas on, and critique of, design practice and culture resonate as soundly today as they did when he published them in his seminal and polemical book, Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change (1971). Papanek argued for research over impulse in the production of creative, sustainable, safe, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural design. In a Papanek-designed society, objects and structures are responsive to the needs of both man and earth.
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1923, Papanek moved to the United States in 1939 and later to Sweden with his family in the early 1970s. Educated at The Cooper Union in New York and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Papanek shared philosophies with some of the most influential people of our time, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, and Ralph Nader. In addition to his career as a product designer, he traveled extensively as a designer, teacher, and author with a dedicated interest in architecture and anthropology. Through thoughtful consideration he applied his research and experiences to design tools meant to improve the quality of life in developing countries around the world.
The Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award was established to commemorate the acquisition of Papanek's archive and library in 2011 by the Victor J. Papanek Foundation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.