Water Futures Design Challenge | OPEN TO DESIGNERS OF ALL DISCIPLINES
The Water Futures Design Challenge includes a prize pool of $72,000 USD to be awarded to finalists and winners. Full details are in the design challenge rules below.
Please review the rules of the Design Challenge carefully before submitting your proposal via the link below.
Submission deadline is June 21, 2018.
A/D/O invites designers and multi-disciplinary teams to help shape the future of drinking water in the urban environment. Pressing issues such as water scarcity and plastic pollution, mean that new behaviors, products and systems for accessing drinking water in the city are urgently required. As part of the Water Futures Research Program that aims to inspire designers to take action in reimagining our toxic drinking water culture, this Design Challenge is a search for new ideas to facilitate change and encourages designers to collaborate with environmentalists, scientists, architects, engineers, policy makers, city planners, and manufacturers.
We are open to a wide range of approaches from campaigns to products, systems or infrastructure, digital interfaces, packaging, service design, and more. Ideas and submissions can tackle the global crisis or can be related to a specific region or city in the world.
- Future Objects & MaterialsA. Future objects that facilitate sourcing and accessing drinking water in the urban environment. New materials and alternatives to single-use plastic.B. For product designers, material innovators, scientists, engineers, hydrologists.
2. Future Systems & Infrastructure:
A. Alternative systems and infrastructure to those we already know: this could be an off-grid system, a new system for harvesting and delivering water, or a communications system. Entries can challenge existing infrastructure and propose new methods, including looking at policy design, and material or immaterial systems
B. For engineers, architects, social designers, policy makers, hydrologists, environmentalists.
3. Future Information & Communication:
A. Advertising communications system. Entries can challenge existing infrastructure and propose new methods, including looking at policy design, and material or immaterial systems For engineers, architects, social designers, policy makers, hydrologists, environmentalists. campaigns, graphics, packaging and other ways to communicate alternative methods for sourcing and accessing water, promoting behaviour change or raising awareness among the public, in neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and more.
B. For graphic designers, information designers, digital designers, app innovators, advocacy organizations, educators, council members, futurologists.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE – A YEARLONG SERIES OF PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS
APRIL – JUNE | HARVESTING THE SKY
Our first theme looks at concepts and technologies for harvesting water in both dry and wet climates. We’ll explore issues such as efficiency and self-sufficiency and encourage thinking ‘off-grid’ to collect, store and distribute water.
JULY – SEPTEMBER | POLLUTION & PURIFICATION
This theme focuses on pollution and purification, looking at the challenges and testing technologies for cleaning water from products for emergency use to a process that recycles waste water on site.
OCTOBER – DECEMBER | DRINK LOCAL
We used to store water in terracotta vessels, gourds and skins, bottles, jars and flasks. Then came the plastic bottle and we became addicted. Single-use disposable plastic is catastrophic for the environment, how can designers help imagine other ways of carrying and accessing water in the city?