2013 Sustainable Design Awards - By Students, For Students / by Michael Mazurkiewicz

Mini foot-powered laundry machine, large-scale urban tree nursery and hydrogen-powered transportation system take top prizes

(Toronto - October 18, 2013) Winners of the student-driven 2013 Sustainable Design Awards, representing Ontario’s top post-secondary institutions, offer insights into the future sustainability of our lifestyles, said Paul Dowsett, principal of presenting sponsor Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building. The competition challenges young designers to approach their projects through the lens of ecological sustainability and social consciousness. The awards were presented last night at Evergreen Brick Works.

Winner – Product ($3000)
Rego
By Yi Jiang, OCADU, Industrial Design

Concept: “Rego is a green, mini foot-powered washing/drying machine for tighter urban spaces such as high-rises. For older apartments within the city, this allows for nearly everyone to have access to a laundry facility.”

Winner – Urban/Social ($3000)
Free Tree City
By Tyler Allen Bradt, University of Toronto, Landscape Architecture

Concept: “Free Tree City is the creation of a massive scale urban tree nursery within one or more hydro corridors in Toronto. A sustainable use of space, Free Tree City also provides a new and closer nursery for families within the city.”

Winner – Blue Sky ($3000)
Sustainable Transportation Without Compromise
By Philippe Harbec, OCADU, Industrial Design and Alexander Dzkiewicz, McMaster University, Mechanical Engineering

Concept: “Sustainable Transportation Without Compromise strives to see the use of hydrogen as our main fuel for transportation. Its solution is to create a new system that would allow the consumer to use hydrogen and gasoline at their convenience.”

In addition, seven of the finalists were awarded Honourable Mentions for their submissions. To find out more, please visit sustainabledesignawards.ca or sustainable.to.

The Finalist and Winners Design Exhibition of the 2013 Sustainable Design Awards continues at Evergreen Brick Works until November 15th.

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