Submission: August 02, 2022
Registration: August 01, 2022
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open Competition
Rural and semi-urban schools in India often lack access to adequate print media to learn from, so educators are pushed to maximise the use of the physical space. Walls, blackboards, flooring all emerge as potent means of teaching.
Since these schools often lack access to adequate infrastructure, students of these schools are forced to inhabit these spaces without comfortable furniture for the whole school duration. In addition, many of these spaces are characterised by murals that attempt to facilitate learning. Unfortunately, murals tend to be more permanent than is ideal to facilitate the progress in learning expected from the child. Moreover, budgetary constraints mean that a painted mural remains in the space till there is another financial opportunity to paint again.
In such a space it may be valuable to ask ourselves, what opportunities could modular furniture that could also help transfer knowledge allow?
Furniture, particularly classroom furniture, tends to have a singular purpose. They act as either surfaces to write/draw/interact on, or as seating. As technology has improved in the years, coupled with an increasing cost of production, and increasing environmental consciousness, a need has arisen for modular solutions. There is an increasing demand for furniture that can support more than a singular purpose.
While this design model is useful for various different reasons, its virtues are particularly potent in environments with limitations. In spaces such as rural schools where one must make most of the spatial elements to facilitate learning, these modular furniture solutions can be a promising future.
The furniture could not only increase student comfort but could open up a host of opportunities for children to learn from.
28 February 2022, 4:00 PM GMT+01:00 Regular Registration starts
28 February 2022, 4:00 PM GMT+01:00 Public voting starts
01 August 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Regular Registration ends
02 August 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Submission ends
17 August 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Shortlisted entries announced
23 August 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Jury evaluation starts
16 September 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Jury evaluation ends
17 September 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Public voting ends
29 September 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Result announcement
Winner 6000 USD Cash+Crafted Trophy & certificate + UNI Year Book Copy + UNI Merchandise + Insignia + Opportunity to associate with UNI as a curator
Runner – Up 6 x 1400 USD Cash+Crafted Trophy & certificate + UNI Year Book Copy + UNI Merchandise+Insignia
People’s Choice 4 x 600 USD Cash+Crafted certificate + Insignia
Honorable Mention 12 x 600 USD Cash+Crafted certificate + Insignia
The prize pool is dependent on the total number of registrations received. Please check the awards and fees section to learn more about it. There will be a total of 100 (20%) entries that will be shortlisted for the final awards. All the shortlisted entries will be entitled to e-certificates.