<i>Metropolis</i> Design Competition Results in Split Decision

<i>Metropolis</i> Design Competition Results in Split Decision

a href=http://www.metropolismag.com target=new>Metropolis magazine has revealed that two entrants will be taking home prize money for its annual Next Generation Design Competition. While the $10,000 prize was intended to be used as seed money to support one "Big Idea," this year's jurors decided, after much deliberation, to split the prize money between two applicants.

This year's grand prize winners are Alisa Andrasek, assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and Joseph Hagerman, graduate student at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering.

Andrasek’s project, Genware, is an artificially life-based software system that converts dynamic sound patterns into structural fields to produce complex surfaces at various scales. The program uses differential mathematics to produce repetitive patterns with subtle variations that can be applied to architecture and industrial design.

Hagerman’s project, Biopaver, digs into soil and uses the Earth’s healing processes as a building material. Biopaver, is a precast permeable paving system that promotes proper drainage and combats waterborne pollutants. Each Biopaver stone contains bioremediating substances that absorb toxins. Biopaver could help alleviate the accumulation of dirty storm water at curbs and street corners.

Metropolis’s distinguished panel of jurors include Wendy Brawer, founder Green Map System; Shashi Caan, interior design chair, Parsons School of Design; Timothy deFiebre, designer; John Hong, principal of SINGLE speed DESIGN and 2004 Next Generation grand prize winner; Adrienne McNicholas, co-founder, Klinik; and Susan S. Szenasy, editor in chief of Metropolis.

The Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition asks designers to submit a "Big Idea" addressing sustainability, universal access, innovative technology and beauty. As a part of the proposal, designers must include a business plan detailing how they would use the $10,000 award as seed money to develop the concept. This year, the two winners, 15 finalists and three editor’s picks were selected out of 145 entries. All 20 "Big Ideas" will be a part of an exhibition at the Metropolis booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, to be held May 14- 17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The full story on the two winners and 15 finalists will appear in the June 2005 issue of Metropolis, which hits newsstands on May 15.