2013 SEED Awards Call for Entries Opens

Seeking examples of excellence in social, economic and environmental design.

RALEIGH, NC Design Corps and the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota College of Design, announce the Call for Entries in the 2013 SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design competition. Recognizing excellence in social, economic and environmental design, the SEED Awards represent the confluence of forces needed to create truly sustainable projects and change in the world. Deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Winners will be announced Nov. 12, 2012. For application details and guidelines, go to www.designcorps.org/awards.

Six projects will be selected through a competitive jury process. Winning projects will receive a $1,000 honorarium and an all-expense-paid trip for one team representative to present at the international Structures for Inclusion 13 conference to be held March 23-25, 2013, in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota. Winning projects will be featured in a forthcoming publication, The SEED Field Manual, and profiled online.

Three inclusive categories of projects that have been designed or redesigned for the public good will be considered: 1) Products; 2) Places, such as buildings, landscapes and other environments; 3) Processes, such as social services and systems, public policy and business practices. Projects in progress or completed in the past three years are eligible. Student, professional and do-it-yourself projects will be considered. Work may be undertaken anywhere in the world.

Chaired by Dean Thomas Fisher of the University of Minnesota College of Design, the award jury includes: SEED Co-founder Kimberly Dowdell of Levien & Company in New York City; 2012 SEED Award honoree Tomasita Duran of the Owe’neh Bupingeh Pueblo in New Mexico; Sunny Fischer of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in Chicago; and Prataap Patrose of the Boston Redevelopment Agency.

Last year’s winners, featured in the SEEDocs series of design documentaries which can be viewed at www.SEEDocs.org, include: the Bancroft School Revitalization in Kansas City; Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans; Nyanza Maternity Hospital in Nyanza, Rwanda; Maria Auxiliadora School in Ica, Peru; Escuela Ecologica Saludable Initiative: Parque Primaria in Lima, Peru; and the Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Plan and Rehabilitation in Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico.