Interface launches ‘biophilic’ competition for designers

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Interface, manufacturer, designer and marketer of carpet tiles, has launched a global competition called ‘Reconnect Your Space,’ inviting Middle East and worldwide architects, designers and students  to come up with entrees dealing with either architecture, interior design or landscape design.

Biophilic design incorporates natural elements into manmade environments in order to help people feel and perform better. The entrees must reflect the visions for how biophilia can influence the design of a new or existing space.

One winning submission will be selected as the most unique and inspiring way of reconnecting a space with nature.

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The Middle East has already started adopting this style in its architecture with the recent launch of the Mohammed Bin Rashid City, featuring a park that is 30% larger than the London Hyde Park.

“Biophilic design is ‘purpose driven’ design that recognises humanity’s strong link with the natural world, which can be utilized for good,” said Maria Davlantes, senior vice president and CMO of Interface, Inc.

“Our hope is that ‘Reconnect Your Space’ inspires compelling examples of leading-edge biophilic design.  We appreciate the global emergence of this exciting area and how the broader design community and communities at large stand to benefit through its development.”

Entrants can visit the ‘Reconnect Your Space’ page via www.interfacerconnect.com to upload an image (sketch, drawing or rendering) of their vision as well as a 500 word description.

The winning entry will be chosen by a panel of judges including Robert D. Fox, principal at Fox Architects based in New York City; Paul McGillick, editorial director at Indesign Publishing in Sydney; and Richard Weston, professor of architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University in Wales.

Social media- based voting on interfacerconnect.com will help the panel choose a winner from six finalists.

The winner’s prize will be a travel package offering firshand experience of biophilia’s influence in design with a choice of three countries: Singapore, San Fransisco, or Cornwall.

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