2023 Judging Criteria
To be considered for judging in the IDEC Student Design Competition, all entries must abide by all the competition rules. Writing must be free of spelling and grammar errors.
Prologue. We live in the Age of Migration where resettlement is a key factor in economic and political changes (Castles, 2022). The underlying causes are population growth, disparity between rich and poor countries, economic inequality, increased globalization, political instability (i.e., war), climate change, disease, etc.
Design Scenario. Location: Anywhere in the world. Time: Current day or near future. Design Scope: Refugee environment; Maximum 50 square meters, volume at discretion of designer; Narrative explorations: Client/user group; Migration scenario
Conceptual Influences. Mental and physical survival resulting from migration. Develop a scenario by creating a journey map and user story for either a small group of refugees or a single refugee. Consider circumstances upon which these events may have occurred and weave this into the narrative. Think about including special populations (children, disabled, older adults) and pets or livestock. Design from necessity. Based upon the narrative explorations you develop, consider materials and objects that would be found along the way, or in this place. Design with these native objects and materials in mind.
Considerations. Create a temporary sheltered environment for refugee(s) to feel safe and psychologically sound using no more than 50 square meters. Consider the following:
- Refugees may have suitcases or backpacks with personal items taken from their place of origin.
- Your design should provide a place for sleeping, eating, and security at minimum.
- Use found materials/objects that would likely be available at the location
- May rely upon DIY-level construction capabilities of the user(s).
Research. Research topics relevant to current or near future refugee(s) in need of shelter as related to the narrative that your team creates (i.e., reasons for migration and refuge, regional site considerations, culture of the refugees, etc.). Evidence of research should be evident in the narratives, conceptual description, and design outcomes.
Deliverables. There are little to no established programmatic requirements for this project. Students determine design graphics and visual presentation within a single 24”×48” poster. All stages of work including the creation of the poster file must be prepared within the timeframe of the competition.
All entries must be submitted using PDF file format demonstrating the team’s design. All types of diagrams, drawings, and renderings are up to student teams. Faculty are encouraged to provide critique and feedback to their students but all work is to be completed by students.
Within the poster your submission must include:
- Design concept (maximum 100 words) supported by visuals.
- Written narrative describing the refugee(s) and journey of the refugee(s) (maximum 350 words). The narrative should support all design decisions.
- Visual representation of critical aspects of the refugee journey in context to the environment and created place of refuge.
- Provide additional notations as needed to enhance visuals. No word count maximum, but notations should be ‘irreducibly complex’ in nature.
Each project must adhere to these requirements:
- The file must be .pdf format and the file size must not exceed 100 Mb.
- No student names are permitted anywhere within the presentation.
Faculty, please use the checklist below to confirm the requirements present in your student’s submittal. Requirements must be met to be judged for the competition. Please include this document with each student/team’s submitted project. Without this document, the project submission is considered incomplete and will not be included in the competition. Please only complete the grey shaded area. The other checklists and rubric will be fill out by the competition jurors.
- Students’ submitted work does not contain any identifying information, including but not limited to- their name, the school’s name, names of faculty members or other members of the school, such as, well known alumni, coaches, or other people associated with the school.
- Students’ submitted work addresses Design Scenario, Conceptual Influences, Considerations, Research, and Deliverables as outlined in the Design Brief. Failure to meet these requirements will result in a low score from judges.