Published on May 26th, 2009 | by Lucille Chi


Design for a Dollar: Upcycling Contest at Pratt in NYC


Pratt was the star of this year’s ICFF Design Schools’ Exhibition with their Design for a Dollar contest. Amazingly, with the design constraint of using a buck or less, the Pratt students invented brilliant eco home ideas (many upcycled from totally discarded items). The competition required students to create designs that include manufacturing costs, transportation, energy, material, labor and waste issues.

 Pratt’s professor of industrial design, Mark Goetz, recently told Fast Company:

“Students really gained a greater understanding, and cautious respect for all that goes into a product before and especially after it is designed…

In many cases, even with the most sincere of intentions, students learned their pieces exceeded the cost of a dollar. But most importantly, they learned why. Our students earnestly continue to search for ways to maximize the value of what they have offer to the world while minimizing the impact their ideas will have on the environment.”

Having personally attended Pratt to learn more about design before going to a larger university, I can honestly say this is a remarkable project for their industrial design department!

Via Inhabitat 


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Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level. Sustainability studies: & B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science. Contact: lucillechi (at)

2 Responses to Design for a Dollar: Upcycling Contest at Pratt in NYC

  1. Awesome! I can’t wait to look through all the entries.

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