IFI WING Global Student Design Competition and Awards

The winners of the 2013 IFI WING Global Student Design Competition and Awards have been announced; interior designers Alina Boukovsky and Yirat Lorenz, from The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel win first prize with the ‘Blob’ project.

With 35 entries from 23 universities (twelve of which were IFI educational members) from 16 countries, the next generation of designers took part in the inaugural WING International Student Design Competition and Awards. This year’s winning entries were chosen by an international judging panel of renowned personalities in the world of design including Raymund Königk (South Africa), Nilgün Çarkaci (Turkey), Sylvia Leydecker (Germany), Kay Sargent (USA), Naoki Iijima (Japan) and Shashi Caan (Chair, USA). In choosing a winner, entries were judged on a list of evaluative criteria including conceptual creativity, originality, aesthetic, social and environmental considerations, ability to visually/verbally explain the ideas, and presentation skill.

The winning project was submitted by student Designers Alina Boukovsky and Yirat Lorenz, 3rd year Interior Design students from the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel. Titled ‘Blob: Innovative Workspace’, the design team concept focuses on the personal space of people being dramatically reduced in the modern era as result of a demographic shift.

The design was influenced by the recent trend to create products containing a multitude of uses in one element, or convergences. Given this trend, they developed a workspace model that meets both functional and decorative aspects. With an iron rod as the backbone of the workstation, the MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) units threaded through the rod, moving around in a unique way, according to the required function. The center pole also doubles as a pass through for the power cable for the lighting fixture located at the top of the model.

“In my design projects I always try to find original, interesting and creative solutions, even for the most standard cases”, said Rishon whose connection to art began at early childhood.

Alina continued, “The ‘Blob’ project was really challenging and exciting experience for me, from an idea searching process until it`s physical creation”.

View the winning project here

WING is a worldwide educational endeavor involving Interior Architecture/Design workshops endorsed by IFI and sponsored by IFI supporters. Developed in 1999, WING seeks to exchange ideas and encourage creativity among young Interior Architecture/Design students working collaboratively with professional mentors, educators, local artists, and craftsmen to explore the practice of design. The program encourages free spirit and imagination by encouraging young designers to unleash the unlimited possibilities of design innovation. 

IFI is the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers. The sole international federating body for Interior Architecture/Design organizations, IFI acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of knowledge and experience, in worldwide education, research and practice. IFI connects the international community in order to further the impact, influence and application of the design of interiors, promote global social responsibility, and raise the status of the profession worldwide. Founded in 1963 as a not-for-profit, limited liability Company to expand the international network of professional Interior Architects/Designers, IFI represents over 270,000 designers, educators and industry stakeholders in the international design community in 110 countries on every continent, collectively representing practicing Interior Architects/Designers worldwide. Visit ifiworld.orgfor more information.

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Restoration: Another Layer of History


Restoring post-industrial, particularly post-military, landscapes means adding another layer of history to places that already have many. For a group of environmental philosophers at the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) in Madison, Wisconsin, those earlier layers of history each have an important meaning — and it’s important they aren’t lost as landscapes long-damaged by industrial or military use are restored.

Preserving Ruination at Orford Ness

According to professor Caitlin DeSilvey, a cultural geographer at the University of Exeter, Orford Ness, a shingle-ridge landscape in the UK, was a secret site for military research during World War II. In 1953, the UK’s National Trust took over the land and transformed it into a sort of preserve. She said military testing, including testing with atomic and chemical weapons, had a “severe effect on the native landscape.” Now, efforts are underway to improve the habitat while managing public access.

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Nouveautés de PAYSAGES – la bibliothèque de l’Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec (AAPQ), le centre de documentation pour l’architecture de paysage et les paysages.


Call for Submissions

Ground Up Issue 3: HERE
Closes: JANUARY 5th, 2014

GROUND UP is the ASLA award-winning annual publication of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. In this issue, you are invited to explore what it means to be Here.

GROUND UP is soliciting printable media up to 2500 words with accompanying graphics. Shorter entries of 500-1000 words are highly encouraged, as are design proposals, either speculative or built. Video submissions for the journal’s online component are welcome, and novel forms of written and artistic expression are encouraged.

To view the complete call and submission criteria, please visit: https://groundup.submittable.com/submit.

GROUND UP is accepting submissions on a rolling basis from October 2, 2013 until January 5, 2014. Notification of selected entries will be made in February.

For more information, please visit: www.groundupjournal.org.


Tipaimukh Dam | A Threat To Nature And Native Culture

The Northeast India Travel Blog

Dams have remained as a major instrument in the path of economic development and prosperity for a country and have been integral in bringing nations closer to each other. It has also played its role in creating mutual suspicions, mistrust and misunderstandings between nations as well as the government and its people. Dams help people in various ways such as water to drink, water for industry, water for agricultural purposes, water for hydroelectric power generation and reducing or preventing floods. These generally signify the advent of modern science. However, mega structures such as big dams cannot be built without first researching on their effects to local culture and livelihood and in nature.

The Tipaimukh Dam in the state of Manipur near to Assam, is similarly a dam that has been in the eye of controversy from its very beginning. The main purpose of constructing the Tipaimukh Dam has been…

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Music and Storytelling: Climate Change through a Cello


While listening to the incredible soundtrack of Cloud Atlas during my writing session, I thought back to a post I read a few months ago about the power of music in storytelling. In it, the author shares his firsthand experience with something most of us know to be true, that music can play a crucial role in enhancing narrative:

“Emotions become clearer, drama becomes more intense, and action becomes more exciting. The whole story is augmented and pushed to a new level that the visuals alone can’t accomplish.”

But can sounds by themselves, without words, become primary vehicles for storytelling? Connecting this thought back to an environmental theme, I came across this fascinating video by University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford in which he converts global temperature records in a piece he plays on his cello. Have a listen:

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