Last summer we were excited to take the Enabled by Design-athon event format to Australia and partner with the awesome Cerebral Palsy Alliance team to run our first ever event Down Under (Enabled by Design-athon: Sydney 2014). We had a fantastic time and have kept in touch ever since, so we are keen to continue working together and build on our shared ethos and passion to bring accessibility to the masses.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance have played an active role in World Cerebral Palsy Day to date and this year’s competition is challenging designers and architects to create a ‘Sponge House’ – a bump-proof house for people living with cerebral palsy.
A $10,000 prize pool is available if you can design a living space that would minimise the risk of injury from knocks, bumps and falls for a child or adult living with cerebral palsy.
The competition is open to everyone, including students and industry practitioners in the fields of interior design, architecture, industrial design, furniture design, etc.
The idea was sparked by Sally, aged 6, from the United Kingdom. She wants a ‘sponge house’ to “stop me banging into things”.
Like Sally, many children and adults with CP are prone to knocks, bumps and falls because of their unsteady movements. Every aspect of living spaces can be a physical challenge for people with CP. Furniture, household fittings and fixtures, appliances, even walls and floors can be hazardous.
Take up this challenge and Design for Good!
$US 10,000 prize pool:
- Team (e.g. university/company) – $5,000
- Individual: Winner $3,000; Highly Commended 2 x $1,000
Winners will also be awarded certificates, acknowledged on the World Cerebral Palsy Day website and social media channels, and promoted to design media.
Closing date is Friday 19 June 2015.
Find Out More: Register your expression of interest on the World CP Day website, and their team will send you the full competition guidelines and keep you posted throughout the competition.
Proudly supported by The Allergan Foundation
Although this is a #worldCPday challenge, I can think of a whole range of situations that would also benefit from a ‘Sponge House’, so get those thinking caps on…
Good luck and we look forward to seeing the ultimate in ‘Sponge House’ designs!!!