The Design Educates Awards unveil their list of winners

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The Design Educates Awards, recognizing the best projects that respond to complex social and environmental contexts and carry educational value, have just announced the results of the 2022 edition, with winners selected in four categories (architectural design, product design, universal design, and responsive design). 

The award-winning solutions include a variety of projects, from innovative installations solving the problem of water shortages in desert areas, to bridges and artisan workshops combining tradition with modern designs. There was also an Emerging Designer label for the best student project and a Solarlux choice award.

The founders and judges were truly moved by how many important and urgent problems the submitted projects responded to. 

The DEAwards 2022 in a nutshell:

  • 400 entries from 30 countries
  • 43 winners 
  • Jury comprising 15 international experts, including Prof. Toyo Itō, Jette Cathrin Hopp, Prof. Winy Maas, Prof. Claudia Pasquero, and more.

A shortened list of the Winners of the 2022 Design Educates Awards

Architectural Design

Winner of the year in Architectural Design- Timber Bridge in Gulou Waterfront  – LUO studio 

Timber Bridge in Gulou Waterfront
Winner of the year in Architectural Design – Timber Bridge in Gulou Waterfront – LUO studio | Photograph © Jin Weiqi

Gold Prize in Architectural Design – Terra Cotta studio – Tropical Space 

Terra Cotta studio
Terra Cotta studio – Tropical Space | Photograph © Hiroyuki Oki

Silver Prize in Architectural Design – Wiki World Natural Camp – Wiki World

Wiki World Natural Camp - Wiki World
Wiki World Natural Camp – Wiki World | Photograph © Insitu Project

Bronze Prize in Architectural Design – House of Dreams – Insitu Project 

House of Dreams - Insitu Project
House of Dreams – Insitu Project | Photograph © Wu Ting

Solarlux choice

GO! Campus Zottegem – Rosan Bosch Studio 

GO! Campus Zottegem - Rosan Bosch Studio
GO! Campus Zottegem – Rosan Bosch Studio | Photograph © Kim Wendt

Product Design

Winner of the year in Product Design – Deployable Emergency Shelter – Henry Glogau Studio

Deployable Emergency Shelter - Henry Glogau Studio
Deployable Emergency Shelter – Henry Glogau Studio | Photograph © Henry Glogau Studio

Gold Prize in Product Design – Looop –  Cheuk Laam Wong, Central Saint Martins

Looop - Cheuk Laam Wong, Central Saint Martins
Looop – Cheuk Laam Wong, Central Saint Martins | Photograph © Larry Turner

Silver Prize in Product Design – SeeTang Collection – Jana-Aimée Wiesenberger

SeeTang Collection - Jana-Aimée Wiesenberger
SeeTang Collection – Jana-Aimée Wiesenberger | Photograph © SeeTang Collection

Bronze Prize in Product Design – Canairi – Canairi 

Bronze Prize in Product Design - Canairi - Canairi
Bronze Prize in Product Design – Canairi – Canairi

Responsive Design

Winner of the year in Responsive Design – Solar Desalination Skylight – Henry Glogau Studio

Solar Desalination Skylight - Henry Glogau Studio
Solar Desalination Skylight – Henry Glogau Studio | Photograph © Henry Glogau Studio

Gold Prize in Responsive Design – Portable Solar Distiller – Henry Glogau Studio

Portable Solar Distiller - Henry Glogau Studio
Portable Solar Distiller – Henry Glogau Studio | Photograph © Henry Glogau Studio

Silver Prize in Responsive Design – Coastalock– ECOncrete Tech Ltd 

Coastalock - ECOncrete Tech Ltd
Coastalock – ECOncrete Tech Ltd | Photograph © ECOncrete Tech Ltd

Bronze Prize in Responsive Design – 1,300 Recycling Pavilion – Hyunjejoo_Baukunst

 1,300 Recycling Pavilion - Hyunjejoo Baukunst
1,300 Recycling Pavilion – Hyunjejoo Baukunst

Universal Design

Winner of the year in Universal Design – BetaPort – Circular Building Technology On-Demand – Urban Beta UG

BetaPort - Circular Building Technology On-Demand - Urban Beta UG
BetaPort – Circular Building Technology On-Demand – Urban Beta UG | Photograph © Urban Beta, Studio Naaro

Gold Prize in Universal Design – Coastalock – ECOncrete Tech Ltd 

Coastalock - ECOncrete Tech Ltd
Coastalock – ECOncrete Tech Ltd

Silver Prize in Universal Design – The Inxect Suit – Pavels Liepins-Hedström

The Inxect Suit - Pavels Liepins-Hedström
The Inxect Suit – Pavels Liepins-Hedström | Photograph © Pavels Liepins-Hedström

Bronze Prize in Universal Design – Voxel Cloud– Julian Edelmann 

Voxel Cloud - Julian Edelmann
Voxel Cloud – Julian Edelmann

Emerging Designer

Solar Desalination Skylight – Henry Glogau Studio

Categories and Jury

Each year, the esteemed judges select the most outstanding ideas and implementations in architectural design, product design, universal design, and responsive design. The 2022 edition jury was joined by Prof. Toyo Itō, Jette Cathrin Hopp, Prof. Winy Maas, Jakob Lange, Prof. Claudia Pasquero, Prof. Mark L. Gardner, Prof. Masayo Ave, Maria Aiolova, Julie Payette, Senior Professor Ranjana Dani, Professor Alan Pert, David Basulto, Doris Kim Sung, Dr. Peter Kuczia, Aidin Ardjomandi. In addition to the general evaluation, the student project with the highest score was awarded the label of Emerging Designer. Parallel to the Jury’s evaluation, representatives of Solarlux will select the laureates of Solarlux Choice.

Criteria

Entries were evaluated based on the following criteria: overall idea and implementation, the potential for educational influence, effectiveness and quality of the informative layer, aesthetics, quality of presentation, visionary approach, originality, feasibility, and comprehensiveness. In addition, submissions had to reflect to the awards’ theme and highlight the educational potential of design.

What is the design that educates?

Design that educates is a vast concept. Art, and therefore also architecture and design, do not always convey messages written in black and white. Often, their educational role is subtle, but never meaningless. Educational projects are supposed to respond to social and environmental problems and bring us closer to sustainability. 

The “Design Educates Awards” recognizes works that can change our behavior – and thus the world – even if this change is quiet and gradual.

The founders of the idea of the community of creators who educate, and the awards that distinguish them, do not set any rigid framework or barriers. In the submitted projects, they want to see additional values with long-term effects that take the growing complexity of our lives into account. It’s not just beautiful, aesthetically, and technically pleasing designs that matter here. What matters is the impact of the buildings, objects, or items on their users and the environment.If you are a designer or architect who shares the above noted values, head to the Design Educates Awards website to learn about competition entry dates and prizes and submit your entry. The 2023 edition will soon be open for submissions.

About The Design Educates Awards
The Design Educates Awards is organized by Laka Foundation (a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization). The inspiration for the awards theme comes from research called Educating Buildings (Bildende Bauten) by Dr. Peter Kuczia.

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