Gallery: The 100 Mile Design Challenge Asks Students To Think Local Wit...

 
Our coverage of New York Design Week has highlighted some of the most exciting new green products, furnishings, and materials from designers all over the world. And while these sustainable designs really honed in on implementing green measures such as energy efficient lighting and recycled post-consumer materials, no designers went as far in their search for holistic sustainability as a group of students from the University of Washington and Maryland Institute College of Art. Under the direction of professors Domenic Murren, Inna Alesina and Gavin Stewart, this young bunch showcased their fresh take on traditional craftsmanship with projects created for the '100 Mile Design Challenge', which asked students to design and manufacture locally, using only materials and processes found within a 100-mile radius of their hometowns. The results gave way to pieces that not only managed a reduction of embodied energy, but pieces that were also able to evoke the natural and cultural environments of the cities of Seattle and Baltimore.

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  1. hjeremiah May 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    https://www.behance.net/wip/598097/1100047

    Above is the URL for some experiments in weaving wisteria, an invasive species local to Baltimore.

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