CALL FOR ENTRIES: FEEL THE PLANET EARTH '08

26 November 2008
Rio Meão (Portugal) - Designers, design students, and collaborative teams have until 31 December 2008 to submit sustainable design solutions and approaches to the "Feel the planet earth" Cifial Design Award.
Rio Meão (Portugal) - Designers, design students, and collaborative teams have until 31 December 2008 to submit sustainable design solutions and approaches to the "Feel the planet earth" Cifial Design Award. The goal of this award is to identify and disseminate design contributions to help build a path towards sustainability on issues that we all face, and must urgently discuss.

The theme for the 2008 Award is the over-dependence on non-renewable sources of energy in the current pattern of development. This theme arises from the day-to-day concerns around the huge transformations that are presently taking place in our society, economy, culture and environment, and which the present paradigms seem to be unable to deal with.

Any design work on this issue, whether a vehicle, a public transport service, a cooking device or a lighting system, a water pump or any other practical or theoretical contribution, as well as a synopsis from an MsC or PhD dissertation, can be proposed.

English will be the only accepted language for the competition.

This year's jury is composed of representatives of the diverse perspective, scientific backgrounds and nationalities that are capable of generating a dynamic and multifaceted evaluation of the proposals. This diversity will ensure a uncompromising evaluation of the dominant paradigms and at the same time will allow new intercultural readings of the candidatures, which are expected to open new paths and propose new solutions.

The Prize, with a value of 25.000 €, may be divided equally between to two or more candidates. Honourable mentions may be attributed, with no monetary retribution. The public awards presentation and exhibition of finalists will involve the members of the jury, who may express their personal opinion on the them in discussion, results obtained and its importance and contribution to the issue.

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