Designs of the Year 2013 Nominations

Superkilen | Image Credit | Iwan-Baan

The Design Museum announced the contenders for the sixth annual Designs of the Year. They include the best designs from around the world in the last 12 months across seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.

Three landscapes have been nominated including SUPERKILEN, NØRREBRO by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and Superflex (ARCHITECTURE category); FOUR FREEDOMS PARK, NEW YORK by Louis Kahn(ARCHITECTURE category) and EXHIBITION ROAD by Dixon Jones/ The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (TRANSPORT category).

Selected by a panel of distinguished nominators, the awards compile the most original and exciting designs, prototypes and designers in the world today – brought together in a Design Museum exhibition from 20 March – 7 July 2013. Consisting of over 90 nominations, this year’s contest include the celebrated Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio; Western Europe’s tallest building – The Shard designed by Renzo Piano; the boutique boatshaped hotel room – A Room for London by David Kohn Architects; The Louis Vuitton collection by Yayoi Kusama; and the award-winning Exhibition Road by Dixon Jones, which integrates vehicle and foot traffic with its rejection of boundaries between pavement and road.

The exhibition featuring all the nominations will open 20 March 2013 with the winners from each category and one overall winner to be announced in April. Last year the prestigious award was won by design studio
BarberOsgerby for the London 2012 Olympic Torch.

SUPERKILEN, NØRREBRO – Designed by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and Superflex (featured on the cover of 07 edition of our WLA Landscape Architecture Magazine)
Superkilen is a kilometre-long park situated through an area just north of Copenhagen’s city centre, considered one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighbourhoods in the Danish capital. The largescale project comes as a result of a competition initiated by the City of Copenhagen and the Realdania Foundation as a means of creating an urban space with a strong identity on a local and global scale.

FOUR FREEDOMS PARK, NEW YORK – Designed by Louis Kahn
In the late 1960s, during a period of national urban renewal, New York City Mayor John Lindsay proposed to reinvent Roosevelt Island (then called Welfare Island) into a vibrant, residential area. Louis Kahn, was announced as the architect of the project in 1973. Louis Kahn finished his work but died unexpectedly as the City of New York approached bankruptcy. On March 29, 2010, 38 years after its announcement…

EXHIBITION ROAD – Designed by Dixon Jones/ The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Exhibition Road is a £28m development project to improve the infrastructure of, access to and facilities within the Exhibition Road area. Led by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in partnership with the City of Westminster and the Mayor of London, it was completed ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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