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Creating Connections Design Competition

The Better Block Foundation, in partnership with Common Era and Humancraft, is excited to announce the Creating Connections Design Competition, a design competition aimed at addressing the growing epidemic of loneliness by exploring the impact of design on how people connect with others, the universe, and themselves.

The competition aims to heal, unite, and inspire sustainability, inclusivity, and human and spiritual connection, and builds from the Jewish imperatives to improve our global community and honour the interconnectedness of all people and the planet.

Prompt:

Your challenge is to create a public infrastructure piece that reimagines public spaces as catalysts for creating moments of connection, empathy, and shared experiences. Your creation should be a testament to the idea that design can not only be pragmatic but also bridges divides, fosters unity, and promotes a deeper sense of connection with the world around us–and it should align with Better Block’s Wikiblock philosophy that anyone, anywhere can create beautiful and meaningful design.

Design Constraints:

  • Spatial Constraints:
    • Design must fit within a 8ft x 8ft square space and it should not exceed 10ft in height.
    • Limit the design to a maximum of 6, 4ft x 8ft sheets of plywood material.
  • Budget and Purpose:
    • Materials budget for design development and final design should not exceed $2,000 combined.
    • Design must provide a public utility, which serves a purpose beyond a sculptural piece.
  • Accessibility:
    • Design must be ADA compliant if the design includes an elevated occupiable

Eligibility Requirement:

  • Designers must reside in the U.S.
  • Designers must be present during the Design Competition for on-site installation and judging (June 12th-13th) in Dallas, Texas.

Prizes:

  • The 1st place winner will receive $2,500 and a custom Creating Connections Wikiblock Trophy.
  • After the event, Designs will be showcased virtually and People’s Choice voting will be held. The People’s Choice winner will receive $1,500 and a custom. Creating Connections Wikiblock Trophy.
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