Eco-consciousness and design met at Concordia on Monday June 12 for the Collaboratoire Exhibition of the winning designs of the Loyola Solar Powered Bus Shelter competition.
The 2016 student design competition was organized by Collaboratoire, a research project initiated by the University Chair in Integrated Design Ecology and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE), in partnership with Concordia’s Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies.
“This is a design challenge that seeks to join eco-awareness to design and art,” said Carmela Cucuzzella, responsible of the Collaboratoire initiative and organizer of the competition. “This is a very important pairing because it allows a community to become aware through ways that focus on optimism and delight, as opposed to the message of a catastrophic future.”
The competition first launched in April 2016, and attracted 26 proposals from over six different countries. “This was our first design challenge with an international scope! The reach was quite impressive considering we were still working on building our social networks,” said Cucuzzella. The winning projects were announced on June 30, 2016.