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Qingpu Cultural Center, Shanghai, China, conceptual design

An adaptive reuse of an aban-

Qingpu Pagoda Park, Shanghai, China, bidding

Four pavilion/teahouses in a park surrounding a 100-year-old pagoda are nodes along a path, orienting visitors toward the pagoda, which is a vertical moment in a horizontal context and serves as a marker along a water gateway to the district.

Drop, Hi-Lo Fielding, Los Angeles, 2004

A gallery installation at SCI-Arc, this project encourages indetermi-

doned cement factory on a triangular island expanded to a strategy to develop a park, residential district, and cultural center.

nate spatial experiences from interactions with drop-ceiling units, which changed according to options executed in series and by chance.

Drop, Hi-Lo Fielding, Los Angeles, 2004

A gallery installation at SCI-Arc, this project encourages indetermi-

nate spatial experiences from interactions with drop-ceiling units, which changed according to options executed in series and by chance.

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Students envision appliances of the future

"One of the biggest mistakes a company can make is to stop listening," says Henrik Otto, global design director of Electrolux—the world's largest manufacturer of home appliances. Indeed, since 2003, this Stockholm-based corporate giant has sponsored a competition inviting design students to submit their visions of future home appliances. "Students don't have preconceived notions as to what you should or shouldn't do," says Otto. "Consequently, they throw us into new thought processes." Initially a European initiative, Electrolux Design Lab 2005

attracted 3,058 entries from over 88 countries. Their challenge was to create a total appliance concept for the year 2020 based on evolving consumer needs and trends. Twelve finalists were selected to develop their ideas—produced as prototypes by Electrolux. Hie group was then hosted at a series of events in Stockholm concurrent with an exhibition at the Future Design Days conference in November, where the winners were announced.

Modularity, adaptability, sustainability, and compactness were the salient principles inherent among the final dozen—all worthy candidates for the top prize, according to Otto and fellow judge panelists New York MoMA curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli; kitchen designer and architect Johnny Grey; creative consultant lise Crawford; Bentley head of exterior design Raul Pires; and C.E.O. of China Bridge International Cathy Huang. An "Electro/House" kit from Colombia, Digital Placematsfrom Brazil, vacuuming slippers from Spain, and an odor-removing Oxygenating Coat Hanger from the U.S. were among the unique solutions.

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Winners were Airwash (above left), The Flavor of Sunshine (far left), and Happy Feet (above right).

Ultimately, an innovative Airwash clothes-cleaning system, by Wendy Chua and Gabriel Tan from the National University of Singapore, captured first prize for its sleek, intuitive format and no-chemical/no-water approach to fabric care that could eradicate traditional dry cleaning. The Flavor of Sunshine, an aesthetically balanced washer/dryer combo by a team of Chinese students from Zhejiang University landed second place for its ability to wash, spin, and "sun-bake" clothes dry through a nature-simulating process. Third prize went to Happy Feet, a device purporting to remove odors, and clean and sterilize the inside of shoes and sneakers, by students at Korea University of Technology and Education in South Korea. Linda C. Lentz

For finalist information and to find out how you can participate in the 2006 Electrolux competition, go to archrecord.com/archrecord2/

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