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Victorian Design Challenge 2018

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Victorian Design Challenge 2018



The Victorian Design Challenge, run by the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Melbourne Design Week, seeks to celebrate intersections and explore new modes of design-led activity.

Placing a spotlight on a key issue each year, the Challenge provides an important opportunity for students, designers, engineers, and innovators to look across broad sectors – across government, research, NGO, business and education to conceptualise, develop and test ideas that demonstrate the value of design, while tangibly addressing a pressing social need.

For 2018, the NGV set the theme "Waste Challenge" and invited design professionals and students to tackle one of the great challenges of our time – waste.

The winner of the professional category is Studio Periscope for Rollie, a hamster wheel-like playground structure that uses a ‘hot’ composting system to convert food waste into a resource and reduces the release of methane. Maddison Ryder is the winner of the tertiary category with Lettuce Eat, a series of single-use plates made from waste Iceberg Lettuce that are immediately biodegradable. The student category winner is the Mill Park Library Makers Club with Robot Walking School Bus, a robot designed to pick up students from their homes and take them to school, as well as carry organic waste that the children bring out from their homes.




Wurundjeri Country


National Gallery of Victoria

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Competition Winners

Studio Periscope, Maddison Ryder, Mill Park Library Makers Club

Jury (titles at time of engagement)

Abigail Forsyth

Co-Founder, Keep Cup

Craig Reucassel

Presenter, War on Waste

John Gertsakis

Director and Co-founder, E-Waste Watch Institute

Rebecca Gilling

CEO, Planet Ark

Tamsin O’Neill

Director and Editor, Green Magazine

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