A team from California State University, Long Beach has won the 2016 student Living Product Prize for their innovative approach to a water and space-efficient home gardening system.
The Living Product Prize is a new initiative of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, created in partnership with the International Living Future Institute. The goal of the prize is to highlight design products that mimic nature’s design principles and function as elegantly as anything found in the natural world. There are two awards - a $1,500 prize for a student team, and a $10,000 prize for a team in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator, to be announced in September 2016.
The winner of the student Living Product Prize is the AquaCity Garden, a modular garden system designed for interior spaces that uses less water, is more space efficient, and promotes healthy eating. Designed by Jimmy Huynh, Matt Ulery, Patrick Soriano, and Brian Mar from California State University, Long Beach, this system mounts to any wall and allows you to grow a garden in your apartment without using any soil at all. The team drew inspiration from bees, the lobed comb jellyfish, the Suriname sea toad, as well as the earth’s water cycle to develop this aquaponic system.
In addition to this student prize, entrants in the open category of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge may now qualify for a $10,000 Living Product Prize. The winner of the $10,000 Living Product Prize will be announced at the Living Product Expo in Pittsburgh in September 2016, and will go on to compete for the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize, which will be awarded at the Bioneers Conference in October 2016.
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