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The Chicago Athenaeum launches a world green Good Design program in search of design excellence for global sustainability

November 7, 2007
by Canadian Architect

Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies have joined forces in Europe and the United States for a worldwide 2008 awards and exhibition program as an expanded edition of the Museum’s historic GOOD DESIGN program started in 1950.

Both institutions in Europe and the US will honour visionary architects, designers, urban planners, corporations, developers, manufacturers, institutions, organizations, governments, and institutionstogether with their buildings, products and graphics, urban planning, new technologies, public programs and servicesfor outstanding innovation and dedication in finding sound design solutions for a more healthier and more sustainable world environment.

The submission deadline is January 15, 2008. A full GREEN GOOD DESIGN program and nomination and submission forms are available at the European Centre’s website at

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN is the world’s oldest and most celebrated awards program that bestows international recognition upon designers and manufacturers for advancing new and innovative product concepts and originality and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered standard product and consumer design. Several thousand designers and manufacturers each year submit new products for the coveted GOOD DESIGN Award.

“The original 1950s GOOD DESIGN program,” states Kieran Conlon, Director/COO, the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, “was devised by its founders to promote and foster a greater public appreciation and understanding for Modern Design.”

“Now in 2008, nearly seven decades later,” he continues, “this new edition of GOOD DESIGN brings a parallel public appreciation and awareness for an equally revolutionary design approacha new design thinking led by a current generation of architects, designers, urban planners, corporations, governments, individuals, and private and public institutions for a design and a public environment based upon the ideals of energy conservation; the reduction of toxic waste and greenhouse gases; the diminishing dependence on fossil fuels; and a sensitivity for waste, pollution, and the depletion of the worlds energy resources. This new design approach centres on the idea of repairing our worldwide environments with sustainability and for ecological restoration.””Like 1950,” states Ioannis Karalias, Museum Vice President, the Chicago Athenaeum, “when Modern Design was blazing a new direction in design history, GREEN GOOD DESIGN attempts to impact consumer habits, restructure manufacturing output, influence the design of cities and public spaces, and raise a consciousness about our limited global resources and the disappearance of clean air, clean earth, and clean water.”

“GOOD DESIGN in the 1950s,” he continues, “introduced Modern Design to the public forefront with passion, innovation, and revolutionary zeal. We aspire to the same with GREEN GOOD DESIGN.” How GREEN are you REALLY? Both institutions have issued a international call for submissions and nominations for this 2008 program to honour the most outstanding and pioneering achievements in this Green Revolutionfrom the tallest new Asian skyscraper or the redevelopment of a European city to a garden.

Like the GOOD DESIGN program of 1950, everything and anything is eligible for submission that has successfully focused on the development and implementation or enabling instruments that support actual measures to achieve CO2 reduction, energy conservation, renewable sources, recycling, sustainability, quality of life and environment, economic viability, and environmental economics. Architects, designers, urban planners, corporations, governments, institutions, organizations, individuals, as well as individual products, buildings, concepts, new technologies, public programs, and projects are eligible for submission.

A professional jury of experts in the field of sustainability will review submissions and examine their substance and pursuit of excellence and determine the 2008 GREEN GOOD DESIGN Awards. The Awards will be announced in early Spring 2008 to the international press and public.

Awarded individuals, corporations, designers, governments, manufacturers, organizations, products, projects, and public programs will form a travelling exhibition in Europe and in the US in 2008, and will be published by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2008.

For more information, please e-mail [email protected]

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