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Environmental Design Receives International Recognition at ICFF

MICA and University of Washington Enter Global Fair With Local Designs

Posted 05.17.11 by MICA Communications

"100 Mile Design Challenge"

The Environmental Design Department received international recognition for its project, 100 Mile Design Challenge, at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, May 14-17. The team, led by faculty member Inna Alesina, partnered with Dominic Muren, a lecturer in industrial design at the University of Washington, and 10 of his students.

Crab BagThe collaboration centered on a parallel experiment in design and manufacturing using local resources. Both teams of students developed products from sustainable materials in their respective local environments, Seattle and Baltimore. With thousands of miles of separation, vastly different plant species and patterns of growth, weathering and resource availability, these two teams invented very distinct objects. To learn more about the project, visit Environmental Design's website here.

  • READ: Metropolis' roundup, naming 100 Mile Design Challenge "the most idealistic exhibit."
  • READ: Independent's review.
  • READ: TreeHugger's interviews of the participants.




MICA has a successful history at ICFF, being named best design school in 2010. And the 2009 project, Greener Groceries, was an editor's pick by Metropolis.

Image captions (t0p-bottom): Student collects local materials; Crab-to-go. Designer: Renee Shen. Materials: Bamboo Charcoal, Wood, Canvas.