The first Sustainable Design Review was launched by a team of Parsons students to promote awareness of sustainability by showcasing work from across disciplines at The New School. Students were invited to submit concepts that addressed the concept of sustainability in an innovative and creative way. The SDR team received more than 100 submissions, from jazz composers to product designers, to creative writers and visual artists.
A jury of sustainable design advocates helped narrow down the more than 100 submissions to 10 finalists. The jury included Majora Carter, executive director of Sustainable South Bronx; Guy Geier, principal of FXFOWLE Architects; Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine; Jackie Brookner, an ecological artist; Chelsea Holden Baker, an assistant editor at DWELL magazine; Douglas Diaz, an assistant professor at Columbia and Parsons and founder of acenesthesia, a multi-disciplinary design studio; Kira Gould, chair of the AIA Committee on The Environment and director of communications at William McDonough + Partners; Loretta Staples, a professor of Visual Studies at Parsons; Tracy Chow, a Design and Management student at Parsons; and Ryan Wood, a student at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.
First prize was awarded to Caroline Pham, a student in Parsons Integrated Design BFA program, for her "Subway Light Project," a public art proposal that would bring natural light into the depths of underground stations. Check out a slide show of all the finalists