Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

08 June 2009

Cumulus Green for Aspen Design Challenge participants

The Cumulus Green award is one of the actions decided by the Cumulus Executive Board as a direct consequence of Kyoto Design Declaration.

On the 28th of March 2008, Cumulus President Christian Guellerin, Past President Yrjö Sotamaa and the Cumulus Executive Board, representing (at the time) 124 global members of Cumulus, signed the Kyoto Design Declaration. By signing the Kyoto Design Declaration, the members of Cumulus committed to sharing global responsibility for building sustainable, human-centred and creative societies. The Declaration was support also by such major international design organizations as ICSID, BEDA, AIGA and EIDD.

The Cumulus Green award is one of the actions decided by the Cumulus Executive Board as a direct consequence of Kyoto Design Declaration. The aim of Cumulus Green is to stimulate design actions, projects and research leading to a more sustainable society. Through this award, Cumulus implements the aims and goals listed in the Kyoto Design Declaration. The establishment of the Cumulus Green is a commitment of all member institutions towards global responsibility, human centred design methods and solutions, improving quality of life, creating optimism for the future and improving economic, social and cultural benefits for all people around the world.

The Cumulus Green competition will consist of thematically different editions covering diversified initiatives and aspects of the Kyoto Design Declaration. 


GREEN AWARD 2008 - 2009

Shortly after the Declaration was signed in March 2008, Cumulus supported the Aspen Design Challenge, "Designing Water's Future" organized by AIGA/INDEX. One hundred forty member institutions were encouraged to enter the international cross-disciplinary contest challenging students to develop design solutions that encourage responsible water use, provide access to fresh water to those in need and increase awareness about the importance of water conservation.

In general, 26 Cumulus member institutions from 15 countries participated by providing 72 individual and team projects. Five projects qualified to the Final Round for AIGA/INDEX. All works submitted by Cumulus member institutions were further evaluated by a Cumulus Jury (Jury approved by the Executive Board consisting of Fred Murrell, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, USA and Per-Olof Landgren, HDK - School of Design and Crafts Gothenburg University, Sweden) to announce the first three finalists of Cumulus Green to be awarded during the Cumulus conference in Melbourne, Australia in November 2009. A world-class designer Prof. Xiao Yong, CAFA, China was assigned to design the logo for the competition and award certificates.














Project: Emergency Water Purifier for Flood Conditions

Author: Ozgur Ceren Bagatar

Umea Institute of Design, Sweden

Project advisor: Peter Avondoglio

(Also a finalist for AIGA/INDEX award)

About the project: ‘' Rescue Bottle is designed to be used by flood-hit people to obtain a fast emergency rescue drink under flood conditions. It is a water purifier and dioralyte supplier that is used to replace body fluids lost in emergency situations under flood conditions. It filters contaminated water through a reverse osmosis membrane using the osmotic pressure of a draw solution which is made of concentrated dioralyte mixed with basic nutrition. The final mixed drink is basically a mixture of filtered pure water and dioralyte mixed with essential nutrition that is needed by flood -hit kids and adults in order to recover their lost of body fluids and treat diarrhoea.''


Project: EVE, water service

Authors - team work: Simon Vanquaethem, Morgane Léchard, Damien Arlettaz, Weijun Chen, Benjamin Salabay, Diana Goldemberg

Ensci, les Ateliers (National school of industrial design), France

Supervisor: Christophe Gaubert

About the project: ‘' We propose a service to promote the value of tap water, Using the principle of telephone and internet networks, our service "connects" to existing water network providers. EVE is a "model", a "charter" that can be adapted to the profile and specific requirements of different companies. EVE guarantees a high quality, purified, water at a lower cost, along with a value- added client service. The aim is to persuade more people to drink water ecologically. Once a client subscribes to the EVE service, the water filtering kit is installed in the kitchen by an official technician. A range of objects is provided to make up the EVE ritual: a carafe with a special base, fine glass drinking cups. A handy gourde is also included in the package, giving the possibility to drink water while moving around.''


Project: Water for All

Authors - team work: Yong Jun Choi, Yoon Jung Kang, Eun Byeol Ko

The Graduate School of Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea

Supervisor: Dong Ryun Chang

About the project: ‘' We've been spent money to buy water, and it becomes natural. But the earth's freshwater belongs to the earth and all species, and therefore must not be treated as a private commodity to be bought, sold and traded for profit. People must know that the bottled market has been cheated on us, had bad influences on the earth.
So, we suggest a campaign identity for water as non-commercial. Our campaign will make people that become aware the truth about bottled water, think about buying water again. And, finally people are expecting not to buy a bottled water.''



2000 EUR per each project

The finalists are invited to attend the award giving ceremony during the Cumulus conference in Melbourne, Australia in November 12-14, 2009 where they works will be exhibited.