WINNERS & ENTRIES
Design Challenge Solutions > All Winners & Entries
1st Place > Community Voice Box
2nd Place > La Casita Field House Renovation
3rd Place > Light Touch
Honorable Mention > The Ministry of Clean Air
THE DESIGN CHALLENGE
Project brief > PDF
Press release > PDF
The Air We Breathe; The Chicago Clean Air Design Challenge is a regional design challenge organized by the volunteer initiative, Design Makes Change; A Chicago Design Initiative.
Design Makes Change reached out to the design community and asked them to propose solutions to address issues of air quality in two of Chicago’s most affected neighborhoods - Pilsen and Little Village. Residents of Pilsen and Little Village live below 2 coal burning power plants that emit toxins and large particulate matter into the air. High rates of asthma and other air-quality illnesses are pressing concerns for the residents of these neighborhoods. The goal of this project was to raise awareness and improve overall quality of life for the people who live (and breathe) in these neighborhoods, throughout Chicago and beyond.
Designers were asked to strive for a hyper-local viewpoint in their design process, to research and understand the problem, and to provide context to their ideas. Cross-disciplinary collaboration was encouraged and submissions came from disciplines ranging from graphic design, architecture, urban planning, product design, and fashion design. Submissions were judged by a multi-disciplinary team of jurors from the fields of design; environmental policy, advocacy, and activism; and community development. Submissions were judged based on design thinking, relevancy, and efficacy.
Project Seed Money and Network Support:
Grand Prize: $2,000, Second Prize: $750, Third Prize: $500
STEPHEN MELAMED (TRES DESIGN & UIC)
MARTEN FELSEN (ARCHEWORKS & URBANLABS)
JOHN PAUL KUSZ (CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE)
SARAH FINKEL (P.E.R.R.O)
VALERIE PAURUS (ELEV8 COORDINATOR, THE RESURRECTION PROJECT)
LINDA PULIK (BAO DESIGN LAB)
IAN VITERI (LVEJO)
AMY TALBOT (CHICAGO METROPOLITAN AGENCY FOR PLANNING)
RYAN HOLLON (ENVIRONMENT, CULTURE & CONSERVATION, FIELD MUSEUM)
CARL BOYD (MAKE 4A LIVING)
PRESS | PROJECT UPDATES
The Air We Breath poster won the Communication Arts Design Annual!
The Chicago Arts Archive, The Air We Breathe Exhibition
Red Eye Chicago: Poster Takes On Pilsen Pollution
Chicago Metropolitan Planing Council: Chicago Nonprofit announces
clean air design challenge!
AIGA Chicago Gallery
Core 77: Design Magazine & Resource
Neocon 2011, Merchandise Mart, Chicago
Pilsen Portal, News From A Chicago Smart Community
Sustainability Television: A Design Challenge For Change
UIC Office of Sustainability: Addressing Regional Issues of Air Quality
Dexigner: Design News & Competition Forum
Design Is Good For What: Resourcefulness and Reliability
Benevolent Media: Storytelling & Design For Good
Foresight Design Initiative: Let's Make It Sustainable
Hispanically Speaking News: Has Oido?
Mindful Metroplolis: Around The Community
2011 Design Challenge Winning Entry > Community Voice Box
Grid Chicago: How the community voice box travels.
Inhabit: Design Will Change The World Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept
The Chicago Arts Archive, The Air We Breathe Exhibition by Jennifer Nalbantyan
"The Community Voice Box aims to mobilize people through 'community based participatory research,' which enables people to share local knowledge by
offering their own relevant experiences through 'mobile community forums'–
Voice Boxes. And of course, the sign of any cool and modern innovation, it
comes with an app."
LEARN MORE | ABOUT THE ISSUES
Archeworks Pocket Park Project/Little Village
GOOD/America's Appetite For Energy
Metropolis Magazine/Designing for Clean Air
Chicago Tribune/EPA Targets Coal-Fired Power Plants
Respitory Health Association of Chicago
Chicago Clean Power Coalition
Guardian Environment Network/Coal Plant Closures
Coal Generation and Hidden Health Costs
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization
Environmental Law And Policy Center
Chicago Climate Action Plan