WWU students reach semifinals in industrial design contest

A team of six Western Washington University students are semifinalists in the Street Seats Design Challenge, an industrial design competition sponsored by Design Museum Boston.

The team from WWU included Tianyi Geng (Issaquah), Sarah Burley (Olympia), Tyler Dawson (Friday Harbor), Blake Morton (Bothell), Cale Kaufman (Camano Island) and Colton Sanford (Camano Island).The museum announced the semifinalists on Feb. 28.

The Design Museum Boston invited individuals and teams from around the world to design an iconic bench, or “street seat,” which would be installed in South Boston’s Innovation District. The goal of the challenge is to improve the livability of the urban area by using design, while being socially and environmentally conscious.

The team is one of 20 semifinalists from more than 170 entries from 23 different countries. Those who participated sent in designs for sustainable, outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse.

The team members will build a full-size model of their design, called “Cleat,” and send it to Boston using grants from the contest’s sponsors. All semifinalists will have their work on display around Fort Point Channel in South Boston from April to October 2013.

The top design team will receive a $5,000 prize and two runner-ups will receive $2,000 when the three winners are chosen in April.

To see pictures of the semi-finalists’ projects and learn more about the competition, go to http://designmuseumboston.org/streetseats/.

For more information, contact Arunas Oslapas at arunas.oslapas@wwu.edu.

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