Aspen Design Challenge: Designing Water's Future

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scadenza 15 dicembre 2008

AIGA the professional association for design, issued an ambitious call to action, tasking the next generation of creative thinkers with developing solutions to the global water crisis in its first annual Aspen Design Challenge, dubbed "Designing Water's Future."


The international contest challenges cross-disciplinary student teams to develop design solutions that encourage responsible water use, provide access to freshwater to those in need and increase awareness about the importance of water conservation.


Students and faculty from around the world will develop ideas this fall and submit proposals by December 2008. While the opportunity to participate is still open, already there are commitments from schools in Australia, China, Denmark, Qatar and the United States. An international jury of accomplished leaders in the design and environmental fields will select contest finalists in February 2009.

Students behind the finalist proposals will have the opportunity to workshop their ideas in Aspen, improving their concepts with feedback from top designers, scientists, journalists and business and NGO leaders.

The students' ideas will be presented during significant international forums, such as the Aspen Environment Forum (March 2009) and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (December 2009) in Copenhagen. The most promising project will receive The INDEX:|AIGA Aspen Design Challenge Prize in August in Copenhagen.

There are no restrictions on the type of solutions that students may submit. Print design, web applications, environment design, physical devices, data presentation tools and other approaches are all encouraged, as are proposals for the conceptual framework or method of dissemination that may propel these designs into public consciousness. Design students are encouraged to lead cross-disciplinary teams of engineers, artists, ethnographers, anthropologists and scientists, and to consider the social, cultural and scientific significance of water use.


For more information on the initiative and its developments throughout the fall, visit

- AIGA, the professional association for design