Designpreis Halle 2014 International Competition

Sponsor: Designpreis Halle

Location: Halle, Germany

Type: Open, ideas, international

Languages: German, English

Eligiblity: Designers and students of all design disciplines who have not reached 40 years of age on the closing date for submission on January 31, 2014 are admitted

Fee: None


Prize money totalling Eur 10,000. The appraisal procedure and the division of the prize money will be determined by the jury. Beyond that, the jury can award one or more special mentions.

Registration and Submission Deadline: January 02 — January 31, 2014

Notification of Nominees: by February 20, 2014

Submission of the nominated works: April 16 — May 01, 2014

Jury: Prof. Volker Albus, Tulga Beyerle, Thomas Edelmann, Prof. Axel Kufus, Nils Holger Moormann, Prof. Axel Müller-Schöll, Prof. Peter Raacke, Prof. Vincenz Warnke

Design Challenge:

Water is one of the elementary requirements for life on earth. The human body consists of 60 percent water. About 71percent of the surface of the earth is covered with water. Waters are precious habitats for plants and animals and are of high ecological importance. Water is our most important aliment and as such, it gets worryingly scarce.

Water can serve as a means of traffic and transport, for bodily hygiene, the preparation of food, for energy production, it offers recreation and pleasure and much more. It is, moreover, a very attractive and sensuous material. As a topic, it is of high current and global significance; therefore, it can raise a multitude of ecological, economic, ethic and social questions and can lead to the most different applications but also to theoretical and socio-cultural questions.

Entries are sought that examine the topic in an intense and creative manner – be it product-oriented or process-oriented. It may include inventing new services or suggesting innovative applications or user strategies but also designing products that address our treatment of water as a resource or examine the sensual qualities of water as a material.

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