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A Call For Submissions to The Clerestory Lounge

I was recently notified with this art and design opportunity for undergraduate students by an email and wanted to share it with as many people as I could.

A Better World By Design and Clerestory Journal of the Arts have teamed up for the Fall 2012 semester to create a juried, pop-up exhibition of student artwork, which will run in conjunction with the 2012 A Better World by Design conference (September 28-30). This collaboration will merge Clerestory’s commitment to recognize and promote the work of student artists with A Better World by Design’s mission to foster innovation and exchange in the fields of sustainable and socially-conscious design.

They are inviting all undergraduate students to submit work in any form, including but not limited to: prose, poetry, sound, performance, video, installation, sculpture, painting, photography, architecture, furniture design, and serigraphy. Submissions should consider in some way themes, principles, or discourses pertaining to the relationship between design, society, and environment. They are especially interested in submissions that are cross-disciplinary or collaborative in nature to reflect the goals of our two organizations and the spirit of their partnership.

The top three submissions will receive cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 respectively, and three honorable mentions will be awarded with attached prizes of $50 each.

E-mail up to three submissions to with the following:

      Year and major
      Title of the work(s)
      Date of production

At least one image of the work, and/or links to video or other media.
Technical information, such as medium, dimensions, and duration.
Technical requirements, if any.
A brief description of the work (no more than 150 words)


Applicants will be notified of decisions by September 1st. Accepted works should arrive on campus between September 19th and 22nd.

Please direct questions to

Participation in the exhibit will increase awareness of the arts and provide great exposure for the student and to the relationship between design, society, and the environment, so I encourage any and all fellow students to take part and submit something.

For a PDF of the prompt, click here.


‘Repair Cafes’ in Amsterdam

As an effort to bury a throwaway culture, volunteers have created a space to fix things that were assumed to be broken. Conceived of as a way to help people reduce waste, the Repair Cafe concept has taken off since its debut two and a half years ago. The Repair Cafe Foundation has raised about $525,000 through a grant from the Dutch government, support from foundations and small donations, all of which pay for staffing, marketing and even a Repair Cafe bus.

Thirty groups have started Repair Cafes across the Netherlands, where neighbors pool their skills and labor for a few hours a month to mend holey clothing and revivify old coffee makers, broken lamps, vacuum cleaners and toasters, as well as at least one electric organ, a washing machine and an orange juice press.

In Europe, we throw out so many things…It’s a shame, because the things we throw away are usually not that broken. There are more and more people in the world, and we can’t keep handling things the way we do.

The value of the Repair Cafe is that people are going back into a relationship with the material things around them. William McDonough, an architect, said, “What happened with planned obsolescence is that it became mindless — just throw it away and don’t think about it.” His “cradle to cradle” design philosophy posits that things should be built so that they can be taken apart and the raw materials reused (though not necessarily repaired ad nauseam).