Two IED Barcelona alumni won the Ecodesign award 2017
Two projects by students from IED Barcelona have been awarded the Ecodisseny 2017 Prize granted by the Government of Catalonia’s Land and Sustainability Department. The winning projects in the Young Design category were Blau Orgàsmic by former student Ioana Crasovan who took the IED Diploma in Business Design, and Chukudu 2.0 by Alessandro Asnaghi, a former student from the Undergraduate Degree in Product Design.
Students Vanessa Vargas, Ana María Valdivieso and Sergi Pérez from the Undergraduate Degree in Product Design and Interior Design were also chosen as finalists for their ideas developed in the subject on Interdisciplinary Projects, in collaboration with the Catalonian Waste Agency, which involved using discarded fishing nets from Port de Barcelona.
THE WINNING PROJECTS
Blau Orgàsmic, by Ioana Crasovan comprises a bottle top and a bag for carrying reusable wine bottles made of old fishing nets found at the port in Barcelona. The project has joined the [Organic & Orgasmic] initiative by the “La Festival” wine store. With the help of the product, this project seeks to encourage a communication strategy that fosters a circular economy and sustainable consumption, while reusing fishing nets and raising awareness as to social responsibility.
The jury acknowledged the value of breathing new life into such a plentiful and otherwise wasted resource. Altogether, Catalonia’s ports produce 20 tonnes of nets every year, as well as the nets, found abandoned in the ocean.
Chukudu 2.0 by Alessandro Asnaghi was presented as his final project at the end of the Advanced Product Design Course in 2015-2016. He came up with the idea after Doctors Without Borders went to the School to brief students and challenged them to improve mobility in rural parts of Congo. The result is a trailer that fits bicycles and scooters and is made out of vehicle parts and tools that have come to the end of their useful life, in order to transport injured or ill people to nearby hospitals along unpaved roads. The student suggests producing these trailers entirely in Congo so as to boost the local economy and generate a microeconomy.