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Deadline: October 31
Collaborate with PolyOne - Shape Memory Idea Contest
PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers is holding a contest to find the best ideas for our innovative new shape memory technology. Our patent pending shape memory technology is a new class of stimuli-responsive materials. These formulations can allow their shape to be changed by exposing the material to a thermal stimulus. We're looking for innovative ideas on how our new shape memory thermoplastic elastomer technology could add value to existing applications, or create new types of products that would be useful for companies or consumers. Brainstorm some ideas and send us your best. Winners will be announced November 2014.

Deadline: November 1
Rome Prize 2015
Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. Fellows are chosen from the following disciplines: Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and Modern Italian Studies. Rome Prize recipients are generally invited to Rome for eleven months (some design fellowships are six months and some pre-doctoral art history fellowships are two years). The Rome Prize consists of room and board, a stipend and separate work space, and privileged access to Rome.

Deadline: November 5
[Milan 11]
The theme chosen for the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet. The aim of this International Competition is to design an Information Pavilion within the World Expo Park in Milan. This competition hopes to achieve the following: Encourage and reward design excellence which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the World Expo theme; research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the World Expo; and encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

Early Deadline: November 18
eVolvo Skyscraper Competition
eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world's most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community and the skyscraper and the city.

Deadline to register: November 23
Designing for the Future Scholarship Competition
Ford Motor Company Fund and Lawrence Technological University are sponsoring "Designing for the Future" Competition. High school seniors or transfer students interested in receiving an award to Lawrence Tech's Transportation Design or Industrial Design programs are encouraged to enter. Over $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students completing the admissions process and submitting a design proposal in either the automotive or product track.

Graduates from Lawrence Tech's program have 100% placement in industry with offers from: Ford, Chysler, GM, Nissan (London, UK), Peugeot (Paris, France), and VW (Wolfsburg, Germany). Become part of this exciting program and "make your mark" at the university and in industry by taking the first step by entering in this competition. Winners will be invited and announced at the MAIN Event in front of industry leading designers and executives from around the world attending the Detroit International Auto Show!

The Brief: The Ford Cortina, built by Ford of Britain from 1962 to 1982, was the UK's best-selling car of the 1970s, and still continues to have a large cult following. The Cortina also raced in rallies, and Lotus developed some sportier editions of the Cortina Mark I and Mark II which were marketed as the Ford Cortina Lotus. Considering the Cortina's mass-market AND performace appeal, design a timeless, iconic vehicle or products for the year 2030.

Scholarships are only valid for students enrolling and starting program in Fall 2015 at LTU's Transportation Design or Industrial Design program. Scholarship cannot be transferred to another academic year, but can make another submission the following year.

Deadline to Register: November 28
FNSS Mildesign 2015
FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. (FNSS Defense Systems Inc.) the armored combat vehicle manufacturer of Turkey, is organizing the second FNSS MILDESIGN International Military Land Vehicles Design Competition. The purpose of the competition is to assist in raising designers for the defense industry, introducing young designers to professional circles and to support the activities in the development of indigenous products in Turkey.

Deadline: November 30
SitOnIt Seating Task Chair Design Competition
Stretch your imagination! Design the task chair of the future. Cast aside current thinking and come up with ground-breaking task chair designs that are thin, lightweight and futuristic as well as aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic. The winner will receive $3,000.

Through October 17
2014 DesignPhiladelphia
—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Over the course of nine days, places such as universities, cultural institutions, civic associations, city agencies, retailers, manufacturers, startups and the like across the city, participate in more than 120+ distinct events—everywhere from street corners to creative studios. DesignPhiladelphia's events not only showcase the opportunities and talents inherent in this region, they are also instrumental in incubating start-ups, instigating neighborhood change, assembling thought leaders and fostering positive community growth.

October 23–24
Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference
—New York, New York

Designers and business leaders alike will gather in New York City this October for "Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference," chaired by Nathan Shedroff, head of the MBA in Design Strategy program at California College of the Arts. This year's conference will focus on the changing face, place and character of business and together we'll explore how designers are playing a pivotal role in evolving business models. Culture, economics and commerce will converge to tackle the tough question businesses and designers face: What is the new shape of business?

October 24–27
Art Toronto
—Toronto, Canada

Canada's largest art fair will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an exhibition of artwork from a select group of Canadian and international galleries at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For 15 years Art Toronto has hosted the world's most dynamic galleries under one roof. In honor of the 15th anniversary Art Toronto 2014 will present an ambitious and refreshed curatorial vision showcasing large-scale installation-based work by Canadian artists including BGL, Thrush Holmes, Amalie Atkins and others.

October 29–30
NeoCon East 2014
—Baltimore, Maryland

Returning for its 13th year, NeoCon East has made its trademark as the premier design exposition and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast, featuring the largest concentration of products and services under GSA's Multiple Awards Schedules Program. Find new solutions for new spaces as you make your way through thousands of innovative products from 250+ exhibitors. Choose from more than 30 CEU-accredited programs and keynote speakers, engage in networking events and discover new building resources, materials and products first hand. Registration opens September 4th.

November 6
SEGD's Xlab: Technology & the Internet of Place
—New York, New York

Xlab 2014 will be a day of inspiring dialogue and collaboration between the designers, thinkers and makers developing the experiential and immersive communication platforms in the built environment of the future. This technology event will be featuring top global design visionaries that are creating digital experiences. Get info on immersive experiences, the collaborative process and emerging platforms that can be used to activate your projects.

November 6–7
Bold Italic presents The Sum Conference
—San Francisco, California

The Bold Italic debuts The Sum, a two-day conference in San Francisco designed to bring city dwellers from a variety of walks of life together to cultivate their collective creativity and reimagine possibilities for themselves and their cities. An online magazine excited by experiments and celebrating artists and non-conformists The Bold Italic has lined up a speaker list for the conference that includes artist, designer, urban planner and TED alum Candy Chang; Vimeo and founder Zach Klein; Scott Dorley; Creative Director at the Stanford d. school and author of Make Space; Karen Cheng who famously "learned to dance in a year" and Power of Two author Joshua Wolf Shenk.

November 6–7
DesignThinkers 2014
—Toronto, Canada

DesignThinkers is Canada's premier conference for communication designers and strategists, advertisers and brand managers who believe that design is critical to effective, memorable communication and marketing. The campaign for this year's conference, developed by TAXI with illustration by Andrew Kolb, is premised upon 'The Awakening.' Designers are descendants of an extra-terrestrial race that must evolve in our ever-changing world or be rendered obsolete. DesignThinkers 2014 will be a mass reprogramming of minds drawn from out-of-this-world inspiration.

November 6–9
SOFA Chicago 2014
—Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

The 21st Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design Fair is a gallery-presented, international art exposition dedicated to bridging the worlds of design, decorative and fine art. Works by emerging and established artists and designers are available for sale by premier galleries and dealers.

November 13–14
Adaptive Path's The Service Design Conference
—San Francisco, California

The Service Design Conference brings together organizational leaders, product managers, business process engineers, dev managers and designers who have a hand in defining, maintaining and executing experiences that span touchpoints, channels and traditional business silos.

January 22–25
Interior Design Show
—Toronto, Cananda

The Interior Design Show is Canada's premier showcase of new products, innovative designers and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond. For one weekend each January, the city of Toronto is filled with industry superstars, cutting-edge emerging names, design-savvy consumers and top media outlets. And for 3.5 action-packed days, the Interior Design Show shapes the design world for the year to come.

Classes & Workshops

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October 25
November 16
December 20
Design the Life You Love NYC Master Class
—New York, New York

Life is our most important project. Whether you are beginning a new phase in your career or just want to contemplate what comes next, the master class will provide you with new tools for thinking about your life playfully and with optimism. Note: The three-hour workshop will be held on multiple dates.

Through October 19
Architecture & Design Film Festival
—New York, New York

For its highly anticipated sixth season, the festival will host the U.S. Premiere of "Cathedrals of Culture," a revolutionary 3D film project by German filmmaker Wim Wenders. The project brings together six award-winning directors—a powerful creative ensemble—each of whom have selected an iconic building to star in their films. The international roster includes: The Salk Institute by Robert Redford; The Oslo Opera House by Margreth Olin; The Berlin Philharmonic by Wim Wenders; Centre Pompidou by Karim Ainouz; Halden Prison by Michael Madsen; and The National Library of Russia by Michael Glawogger.

October 25
Drawing Democracies at Pratt Institute
—Brooklyn, New York

Drawing Democracies is a day of workshops, films, exhibitions, and drawing activities on Pratt campus. The event is open to the public and is designed to engage students, faculty, as well as the broader Brooklyn community in the art of drawing. As proud New Yorkers and Brooklyn residents, we’re honored to play a part in celebrating the creative training and education that happens at Pratt.

November 5
IIT Institute of Design Fall Open House
—Chicago, Illinois

IIT Institute of Design students have the opportunity to solve real business problems, learn the fundamentals of design in a single foundation year, conduct research around the world with our global immersion program, and join a close-knit network of alumni in leadership roles at innovative organizations. You could too.

We invite you to join us for an evening cocktail reception, short presentations featuring students and faculty, campus tours, and information on how you can join our transcultural graduate program. We welcome prospective students and the curious to learn more about IIT Institute of Design and our role in the design community today.

Through January 10, 2015
Urban Plunge: New Designs for Natural Swimming in Our Cities
—London, United Kingdom

Urban Plunge explores both existing schemes and future visions for river swimming in the heart of our cities. Commissioned by Roca London Gallery, it showcases international design and architectural projects that transform urban rivers into public leisure spaces, giving people an exciting new, water-level perspective on their metropolis. Curator Jane Withers, a design consultant and co-founder of Wonderwater, has selected five key projects to illustrate architecture and design's role in radically changing river usage, challenging our attitude to the urban water environment.