Design with light: 3M student design competition

Inquiry into interior lighting for buildings is heating up because of concerns about energy consumption and climate change. 3M has developed films with advanced light-propagating properties it hopes will stimulate new approaches to energy-efficient lighting solutions. Enter 3M's student design competition, "Design with light."

The challenge is to "design a light fixture that will provide functionality as a task light or feature light." Sustainability, emerging technologies, and socio-behavioral implications should all be considered. Priority will be given to creative and unusual solutions.

All undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Design are invited to participate.

Begin by submitting a conceptual sketch (one to three 8.5- x 11-inch sheets). A jury, consisting of Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture), Blaine Brownell (Architecture), and two members of 3M's Display and Graphics business, will select a set of finalists. The finalists will prepare small working prototypes.

The first phase deadline is Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 5 p.m.; the second phase deadline is Friday, October 23, 2009, 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Blaine Brownell, brownell@umn.edu or the flyer linked below.

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