LATRA has been confirmed as the 2020 Distributed Design Award in the Project Excellence category which recognises it as the best project among its 6 project categories. The Distributed Design Award is organised by Distributed Design, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. It fosters the role of emerging Makers and Designers as part of our new digitized world. It celebrates, supports and inspires these professionals from across Europe and provides opportunities to support the mobility and circulation of their work to connect them with new, digital markets. The award is conducted in partnership with The Index Project, a Danish nonprofit organisation that promotes designs aimed at the improvement of life worldwide, both in developed and developing countries. The organisation is behind the biennial Index Award, the world’s biggest design award. This award is open to anyone working in the creative disciplines dealing with Design and Making: creative players, makers, designers, artists, architects, scientists, students and others. A broad definition of ‘emerging creatives’ is adopted to include designers and makers who apply the Distributed Design concept to diverse applications, this could include platforms, deployments or products for example.
The 2020 Distributed Design Award was looking for design projects that take the following into account:
→ DISTRIBUTED DESIGN PRINCIPLES
Open source, transparency, allows for adaptation and/or customization.
→ CIRCULAR ECONOMY PRINCIPLES
Local production, smart manufacturing, responsible materials, product life cycle and afterlife.
→ SOCIAL CHALLENGES AND HUMAN WELLBEING
Both that of the end-user and potential co-producers (socioeconomic business models, regenerative systems, etc.)
Οur winning project CORE RELIEF, is a range of humanitarian aid products, designed and produced by a group of local and refugee designers inside a refugee camp in Lesvos-Greece, by recycling discarded plastic aid items, into new products, that the refugee community can use to improve their habitat and community. The designs of the CORE RELIEF produced, are distributed free and open source, so they can benefit 65 million displaced people across the world.
The jury included: Indy Johar (Dark Matter Labs), Daniel Charny (Fixperts), Guillaume Charny-Brunet (Space10), Nadya Peek (HCDE), Liza Chong (The INDEX project), Primavera De Filippi (Berkman Klein Project, Harvard).