Design Competition: LIGHT OBJECTS

LIGHT OBJECTS: A Design Competition On Sustainability
Presented by Dassault Systèmes

The impact of our exponentially escalating consumer culture on the environment has blossomed into a widespread and heavily discussed global concern. As the creators and innovators of the objects of consumption, designers have a great potential to influence, shape, and even redirect these trends.

Light Objects asks participants to submit design concepts--for any product, service or system--that are thoughtful, forward-looking, elegant and environmentally beneficial. Designers are encouraged to go farther than making their entries 'sustainable' or merely reducing the negative impact that production or use of an object has on the environment. Entries should push the concept of lightness in every way, from material selection and reduction to objects that actively improve our environment through use. The idea of "light objects" creates new opportunities for sustainable innovation in the future.

(Note: The focus of this competition is not about lighting or light fixtures, though such products may be entered; rather, we are looking for design solutions in all areas of human enterprise.)

Dassault Systèmes, is committed to furthering sustainable design practice, and this exhibition will highlight how their software tools can help designers reduce and track material usage, increase production efficiency, reduce energy consumption and promote design for disassembly. For this show, Dassault Systèmes is looking for 5 exemplary designs that lead the way in sustainability innovation

Winning designs will be realized into 3D models — complete with manufacturing considerations — and shared with the public in a 10-month symposium starting on October 17, 2006 at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie of Paris.

Dassault Systèmes will work with winning designers to faithfully realize their entries, sharing modeling, manufacturing, and part geometry knowledge along the way.

Dassault Systèmes will be awarding US$9000 in prize money for the winning entries. In addition, experts from Dassault Systèmes will realize the winning entries using a variety of computer 3D modeling software packages, including CATIA for design and ENOVIA for specific Eco-Design practices (material tracking, extensive sourcing, regulatory compliance.

For complete details of how to enter, click here.


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