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Deadline: September 22
2014 Spark Design Awards
Spark is first and foremost a community of designers and creative people, bound together by the idea that Design can make significant, positive changes in the world and help make it better. The way we promote this Good Design is through the annual organization of international design competitions, exhibitions, blogs and workshops. Spark is unique in a world of many design competitions because it is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the modern fact that most designers work on teams in this fashion. Spark sees technology as a great enabling tool, that is helping all of society to be more creative, productive and innovative. Spark is "aspirational," believing that design is a process for improving our life and the planet we live on. Spark winners are published in the Spark Annual and in the Creative World of Design Competitions, exhibited by invitation internationally and archived in permanent galleries on the Internet. The Spark Awards have very active communities at Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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 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: 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.

September 22–26
—Bologna, Italy

Like the Milan Furniture Fair of the tile industry, Cersaie is the world's premier exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, attracting nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 30+ countries and over 75,000 unique visitors each year! Highlights of Cersaie 2014 include: Expanded categories of interior and exterior floor and wall covering materials including marble, natural stone, wood and laminate and a keynote by 2013 Pritzker Prize winning architect Toyo Ito.

September 26–October 3
Beijing Design Week
—Beijing, China

Beijing Design Week is a citywide event co-hosted by the Municipal Government of Beijing, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Culture to nurture a culture of design in a Chinese context. Since 2011, Beijing Design Week has taken place from the end of September through the October National Holiday. Featuring seven key sections—Opening Ceremony, Design Awards, Design Market, Smart City, Design Talent, Guest City and Design Hop—BJDW is a catalyst and incubator for Chinese and international designers, institutions and organizations to meet and share forward-looking visions. BJDW offers an expansive overview of China's transforming design landscape, while serving as a laboratory for innovative perspectives from industry and academia that inspire and shape contemporary design discourse and practice.

September 26–October 5
Vienna Design Week
—Vienna, Austria

After seven successful festivals the Vienna Design Week will also come up in October 2014 with an exquisite and colorful program of events. Design was—and still is—an important field of cultural production: it shapes our material culture, our everyday life and our consumer world, it shapes our lifestyles and fashions and most fundamentally our aesthetic sense and judgments. Vienna Design Week is an annual festival, which was founded by three experts in order to name Vienna as a design hub and provide Austrian design professionals with an international environment to show their work. Vienna Design Week will be held at various locations around the city.

Through September 28
International Garden Festival
—Reford Gardens, Quebec, Canada

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Presented at Les Jardins de Métis, at the gateway of the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than 70 architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a natural environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Since its inception in 2000, more than 140 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world.

October 7–8
Service Design Global Conference 2014
—Stockholm, Sweden

The 7th Service Design Global Conference (SDGC14) is the premier and largest conference in the service design field. It will take place on 7th and 8th October 2014 in Stockholm. With the theme of Creating Value for Quality of Life, this year's conference aims to empower change through the design of better services, focusing on customers, employees and citizens from around the world. More than 50 service design experts from the Nordic region and beyond are collaborating to put together an outstanding programme. Attendees will enjoy more than 20 keynote speakers, eight workshops facilitated by acclaimed global design agencies such as Continuum and five exhibitions. Additional events such as the exclusive members,' PhD gathering, receptions, three basic service design courses and design challenges will also be offered. Furthermore, the conference provides a strong networking platform for the 500 service design thought leaders, practitioners, academic representatives and students who will attend.

October 9–17
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 9–11
Dwell on Design New York 2014
—New York, New York

Join 5,000 design-savvy attendees for innovative installations by renowned design brands, onstage discussions about today's most relevant design topics with industry experts and Dwell Home Tours, showcasing the most innovative, design-forward dwellings in Manhattan.

October 9–12
Art in Odd Places (AiOP)
—New York, New York

The festival will feature over 70 artists' projects from New York and beyond, who will insert their practice into the daily context of one of Manhattan's busiest thoroughfares. The ethos of AiOP has always been one of sharing, openness and accessibility. The festival is produced without a budget, and taken up completely on the initiative of the organizers and participating artists. AiOP is collaborative, horizontal, and constantly in motion. AiOP is FREE.

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
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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September 23–24
Take Workshops: New York
—New York, New York

Join Australian photographer Megan Cullen and US photographer/publisher Ray Potes in New York City for a workshop that crosses the boundaries of photography and publishing. Develop your film based photographic story-telling skills with two artists who are known for their raw, engaging and immersive work. Plus learn to create zines with one of the independent publishing worlds cult figures. There will also be a session in San Francisco October 3-5.

October 13–16
Adaptive Path's UX Intensive Workshop
—Brooklyn, New York

Our popular four-day workshop series designed to build skills in Strategy, Research, Service Design and Interaction Design. Fun and hands-on. "I would highly recommend UXI to any designer looking to build their toolkit, expand their designer network and move into doing more strategic design work." —Megan Erin Miller, Stanford Web Services.

Through September 20
Architecture for Dogs
—Zhi Art Museum, Chengdu, China

The Architecture for Dogs exhibition makes its way to the People's Republic of China for the first time this month with the upcoming opening at Zhi Art Museum, in Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan. The opening event takes place on Monday, July 21, at 2:30pm. Stay tuned to the Architecture for Dogs website for photo and video content from the exhibition.

September 20–21
Art Moves
—Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

A fundamental element of the arts and culture strategy for the Park following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Art Moves represents part of a broader arts program initiated by the London Legacy Development Corporation, responsible for extensive social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area, aimed at maintaining and contributing to the culturally vibrant heart of East London. Selected through invitation and an open call, the projects range from Adam Chodzco's 'Ghost,' a two man-kayak for visiting the dead, to Mark Dion's giant travelling seagull, 'The Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit,' to Aberrant Architecture's 'Tiny Travelling Theatre,' a diminutive performance space complete with seating and bar facilities for an audience of six. The weekend will bring together the artists responsible for these projects—who hail from across Europe—to discuss their portable practices and explore how mobile art projects have contributed to communities and regeneration schemes across the world.

Through September 21

Since 2009 ECOWEEK has been organizing week-long events for students and young professionals—primarily architects and designers—within the construction sector with a focus on sustainability. These events are one-week boot camps combining workshops with lectures from some of the most prominent architects, engineers, urban planners etc. in the field.

September 26–28
NY Art Book Fair 2014
—MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens

Printed Matter presents the ninth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 26 to 28, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world's premier event for artists' books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines. Last year, the fair featured nearly 300 booksellers, antiquarians, artists and independent publishers from 26 countries and was attended by more than 27,000 people.

Through September 28
Handmade in Germany
—St. Petersburg, Germany

The international exhibition presents a selection of contemporary high-quality products from Germany—handmade precious objects and cultural assets manufactured in Germany. Germany has many good manufactories producing high-quality products. The reason for this is the historical tradition of German craftsmanship. The training—from apprentice to journeyman to master—is unique in the world; its purpose is to achieve a broad access to traditional knowledge as well as a great depth in the field, which makes handicrafts one of the most diverse and innovative sectors of the national economy. The "Handmade in Germany" exhibition uses selected exhibits to show what an important part handicrafts, including in the spirit of artistic movements such as the Werkbund and the Bauhaus, play in Germany's cultural heritage.

Through October 6
Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism
—Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California

Brimming with a dazzling array of vintage furnishings, textiles, wallpapers, ceramics, posters, dinnerware, photographs and more, Designing Home will feature the work of over 35 creative professionals who helped spark America's embrace of midcentury modernism, a bold new direction in design and thought. The exhibition will highlight the essential contributions of both well-known designers and architects, among them Anni Albers, George Nelson and Richard Neutra; as well as others whose fascinating life stories and important contribution have received much less critical attention, such as Ruth Adler Schnee, Marguerite Wildenhain and Alex Steinweiss. Designing Home will also examine significant patrons, merchants and media figures who helped disseminate the midcentury modern aesthetic and worldview to a broad audience.

Through October 7
More Homes, Better Homes: 40 Years of Pollard Thomas Edwards
—New London Architecture, London

This exhibition launches a special publication by PTE and the Architects' Journal demonstrating the huge scope to create homes Londoners will enjoy, without compromising on quality. The "More Homes, Better Homes" campaign was launched by the Architects' Journal in 2012, to address London's urgent need for well-designed homes. Pollard Thomas Edwards has stepped up to the challenge of finding creative ways to deliver more homes for Londoners.

October 9–10
Dwell On Design New York 2014
—82 Mercer St, New York, New York

Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts at 82Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design-savvy attendees for innovative installations by renowned design brands, onstage discussions about today's most relevant design topics with industry experts, and Dwell Home Tours, showcasing the most innovative, design-forward dwellings in Manhattan.

Through October 12
NYC Makers Open
—MAD, New York, New York

MAD will inaugurate NYC Makers Open, an exhibition that spotlights the creative communities thriving across the five boroughs today. The first exhibition to be organized under the leadership of MAD's new director, Glenn Adamson, NYC Makers Open will showcase the work of approximately 100 makers—highly inventive artisans, artists and designers who create objects or environments through exquisite workmanship and skill.

October 13–15
—Chicago, Illinois

At BarnRaise, we will bring together designers, entrepreneurs and social visionaries to amass the creative energy of an entire city to build something new. What could happen if we gathered as problem-solvers from Chicago and beyond to put our minds and hands to work to imagine the future? What could we create and build in two-and-a-half days? What kind of creations could we make and what future could we inspire? This October, we will be networking leading design firms (such as gravitytank, Conifer Research and Greater Good Studio) to rally around one social problem. At BarnRaise, you can plan on actively participating and learning new tools for your design tool belt. Join a team, hunker down at a local design firm's office, and create digital and physical prototypes together. We'll build until the final bell rings, at which point, we’ll share our prototypes for all to see in a public exhibit. Local partners will be equipped. Cheering will ensue.

October 15–19
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.

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

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.