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JUN 30, 2011

The 2011 Green Good Design Awards (The Chicago Atheaneum)

The 2011 GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARDS FOR THE MOST SUSTAINABLE NEW ARCHITECTURE AND PRODUCT DESIGNS FROM 27 NATIONS


Chicago, Illinois, June 30, 2011…The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design unveil this year’s GREEN GOOD DESIGN™ Awards for new product designs, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning by some of the world’s most notable architecture and design practices and key global corporations and manufactures.


The GOOD DESIGN program was founded in Chicago in 1950 by a group of visionary designers and architects, lead by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, as a way in which to market and promote modern design to a reluctant public not eager to embrace the clean lines of modernism or to turn away from traditional taste. The idea was revolutionary and became the opening gun for a new era of modern design and modernist design thinking and a start of mass manufacturing for a mass public.


After 60 years, GOOD DESIGN remains the world’s largest and oldest awards program for the best contemporary design.


In 2009, The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre added a new dimension to the historic annual GOOD DESIGN program by adding a separate edition to the annual awards to promote a greater understanding of the need to develop a global design that was not just “Good” but also “Green.”


“The Green GOOD DESIGN idea,” states Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, President of The Chicago Athenaeum and chief curator of the GOOD DESIGN program, “is to challenge designers, architects, developers, contractors, corporations, and manufacturers to do a superior job in terms of protecting our environments, encouraging sustainability and recycling, using smart materials, conserving resources, and to better understand the social and political context for objects and buildings destined to be in our ever endangered living and working environments.”


Hence, both American and European institutions call for “Design a Better World Now.”
This year, over 120 new buildings and product designs from 27 nations were awarded for a new design direction for an even greater, more heightened awareness to protect the world’s natural resources and the manufacturing and end-user’s growing concerns for a healthy ecology and human environment. Conserve, reuse, retrofit, and recycle are prominent themes running across each awarded new product and building design.


Green GOOD DESIGN Awards went to architects, designers, manufacturers, developers, corporations, governments, foundations, communities, and individuals.


All 2011 Green GOOD DESIGN awards are posted on The European Centre’s website at www.europeanarch.eu.


In 2011, awarded buildings and products arrive from the following countries: Austria, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Mayalasia, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States.
Some of the world’s most respected industry leaders, manufacturers, and corporations are awarded for 2011: Hewlett-Packard Company, Oracle, Steelcase, Bodum AG., Alessi SpA., Sanford Corporation, Grohe AG., Tupperware Brands Corporation, Permasteelisa SpA., Sling Media, Inc., Coca Cola Co., Artemide SpA., Hansgrohe AG., Teknion, Indesit Company SpA., Electrolux SA., Hyundai Motor America, and Humanscale.


The 2011 awarded consumer products for Green GOOD DESIGN include: new appliances, bathrooms, mixers, lighting, sports equipment, tabletop, writing instruments, electronics, building materials, medical equipment, furniture, water purifiers, floor and wall covering, hardware, sun shades, web-designs, and cleaning and household products.


Efforts were made by the jury composed of The European Centre’s International Advisory Committee, to select materials and products having one or more “green” characteristics, minimized waste, energy reduction, appropriate materials, greater life-expectancy, low-toxic and biodegradable components, and the ability to recycle after consumer use.


Awarded product designs are by some renowned and respected visionary design-thinkers in Europe, Asia, and North and South America: Sir Norman Foster (Great Britain), Philippe Starck (France), Russ Lovegove (Great Britain), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. (USA), Fernando + Huberto Campana (Brazil), Metaphase Design Group (USA), Continuum (USA/Italy), NewDealDesign LLP. (USA), Karim Rashid (USA), Matteo Thun (Italy), Phoenix Design GmbH. (Germany), Pentagram Design (Great Britain), Makio Hasuike (Japan), and Alfredo Häberli (Switzerland).


In 2011, over 60 new buildings, and landscape architecture and urban planning projects were selected for Green GOOD DESIGN from almost every corner around the world.
Some of the world's leading architects and planners are awarded: Latz + Patner (Germany), Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects (South Africa), EAA-Emre Arolat Architects (Turkey), Behnisch Architekten (Germany), Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (USA), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. (USA), P&T Consultants Pte. Ltd. (Singapre), Cannon Design (USA), Belzberg Architects (USA), ingenhoven architects (Germany), A&D Wejchert & Partners (Ireland), Cafer Bozkurt Architecture (Turkey), Mark Cavagnero Associates (USA), Edward Suzuki Associates (Japan), Gensler (USA), Raed Abillama Architects (Lebanon). HKS, Inc. (USA), Hassell Limited (Australia), aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje (Spain), WOHO (Singapore), Foreign Office Architects (Great Britain), Vo Trong Nghia Co. Ltd. (Vietnam), Tomás Llavador Arquitectos+Ingenieros (Spain), and Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning and Design Institute (People’s Republic of China).


Judging criteria included a heightened awareness for new cities, new planning projects, and new buildings that use resources wisely, the selection of wood and materials from managed forests and from overconsumption, substituting engineered buildings products for alternative materials where appropriate, reusing existing materials, building with energy conservation in mind, and minimizing construction waste.


The awarded buildings and plans feature a new, bold direction for innovative designs for hotels, schools, corporate offices buildings, skyscrapers, bus shelters, museums, convention centers, banks, hospitals and healthcare centers, resorts, community centers, exposition pavilions, tourism centers, factories, airports, city centers, restorations, renovations, community planning, and adaptive-reuse projects.


Such immense, large-scale projects as Beijing Olympic Forest Park by Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning and Design Institute and Sinpas Eco-Town by EAA-Emre Arolat Architects or SOM’s Chongqing River Tower and the new Saudi Arabian skyscraper, Aspire, demonstrate a greater common sense and empirical wisdom about how buildings, towns, cities, and urbanscapes can be designed and built and still reflect current standards for reduced maintenance, energy conservation, reduced toxic–effects, and low emissions, and greater environmental impact, greater resource efficiency, project-specific environmental goals, longevity, appearance, performance, quality, functionality, and value.


“In all, consumer products and architecture, from the ‘spoon to the city’,” continues Mr. Narkiewicz-Laine, “Green GOOD DESIGN 2011 is a banner year for new technological research expressed in sustainability, wise decision-making concerning materials and conservation, as well as innovation and combined here with intelligent designed elegance and great aesthetic impact.”


“This year’s 120 plus Green GOOD DESIGN awarded products and buildings represent the work of thousands of architects, designers, clients, corporate heads, developers, manufacturers, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, surveyors, consultants, factory workers, marketing executives, and laborers who have worked together as a newly formed and enlightened global community to produce a final end-product that meets today’s requirement for a truly new green environment and green age,” he adds.


“Through Green GOOD DESIGN, our cities and our lives,” he continues, “will be enhanced greatly and better served now and in the future.”


The deadline for Green GOOD DESIGN 2012 is September 1, 2011.


Submission information and on-line applications are available at The European Centre’s website at www.europeanarch.eu.


For more information, contact Mr. Lary Sommers at lary@chicagoathenaeum.org.