November 13, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The Design Exchange (DX) announces its CONNECT program for the 2006/07 school year, a national competition for university and college students of design. The students are invited to select one of three design challenges, and submit their works to the DX by March 2007. Winning entries can win cash bursaries as large as $5,000, and others may be considered for production in the marketplace. This year, the CONNECT program includes design challenges from three very different sponsors: Canadian Tire Retail, Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation and Canada Mortgage and Housing.
The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, a returning CONNECT partner, is an independent foundation created by Canada’s Parliament in1998 to celebrate the new millennium. The Foundation is dedicated to improving access to post-secondary studies for all Canadians and to encouraging student achievement. It awards over 120,000 bursaries and scholarships annually to Canadian students, totalling over $2 billion since 2000.
Through the CONNECT competition, the Foundation challenges fine art, visual art and graphic design students from all across Canada to create an original and distinctive design for the Foundation’s Certificate of Excellence, conferred on the over 2,000 annual winners of the Foundation’s Millennium Excellence Awards.
Canadian Tire is focused on providing customers with exciting, new and exclusive products and is committed to being first-to-market with innovative offerings. As part of that commitment, Canadian Tire challenges students to design an innovative wheelbarrow. With an aging population and the increase in condominium living and its space challenges, Canadian Tire believes that the traditional wheelbarrow can be adapted to offer a wider range of functions. Innovation plays an important role in driving Canadian Tire’s growth strategy and it delivers unique, innovative offerings in all aspects of its business products, services, merchandising and advertising. In so doing, it continues to build customers for life and grow shareholder value.
By partnering with the Design Exchange, Canadian Tire supports young designers and continues to help bring Canadian Design and Innovation to the forefront in the marketplace.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers a challenge for interior design students. CMHC is promoting FlexHousing as the best solution to the ever-changing housing needs of the family. FlexHousing is based on four basic principles; affordability, adaptability, accessibility, and Healthy Housing. The model home for FlexHousing (in Ottawa) is in need of a design “makeover.” An inexpensive interior design solution incorporating features of FlexHousing and HealthyHousing is needed to demonstrate how housing can provide freedom for people with disabilities, provide comfort and look attractive.
Entries are due at the DX by March 31, 2007. All entries will be displayed in an exhibition in May 2007 at the DX, and winners will be presented with their prizes at a special ceremony that will open the exhibition.