Register: SEP/17/2017, Submit: SEP/17/2017, Eligibility: Students, young professionals, designers, architects, engineers, planners; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 100,000 ALL (Albanian lek) (about 750 EUR), 2nd Prize 60,000 ALL (about 450 EUR), 3rd Prize 40,000 ALL (about 300 EUR), Honorable Mentions
In the framework of Tirana (Albania) Design Weeks 2017 “Design for an Inclusive Future”, we are glad to announce the lunch of the design competition “Empowering Inclusivity”. In the framework of this year’s topic of TDW2017 we are challenging all designers, architects, engineers, planners to propose designs that empower, advance, and include those groups of citizens that are often overlooked from the design process. These include but are in no way limited only to citizens with disabilities and the aging population. In today’s society more than 1 billion people have to live with some sort of disability in their life. As this figure includes a good chuck of the world population, one of the challenges of the future in design is already laid out in front of us. We are asking all participants to turn this challenge and this year’s competition personal. We are asking all of you to think of your own fathers, mothers, siblings, aunts, friends and family. Your ideas should focus on helping and empowering the lives and relations of all those people who need a more inclusive society and future.
WHAT WE EXPECT
This year competition strives for solutions at all scales, in all contexes, experiences, places, spaces, products or any area that needs more inclusive and emporing solutions.
We accept proposals that can range from conceptual, in early development, nearly completed, or completed and ready for the next phase. Your proposals must be ready to be made, built, realized or at least prototyped. Each design should embody the core values of good design, incorporating systems thinking, sustainability, accessibility, materials exploration, historic relevance, and technology, while forwarding our thinking on what designers and good design can accomplish for the future.