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Student Ana Domingo, awarded the winning prize in the FourC Challenge 2020 in Shanghai

Student Ana Domingo - IE School Architecture and design

The contest brought together over 200 students from more than 50 universities around the world.

The FourC Challenge, a 24-hour Global Design Charrette Contest sponsored by Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Design and implemented by the IIDE Program Center, was held online under the theme ReConnect on June 6 and 7, 2020. The contest brought together over 200 students from more than 50 universities around the world. Ana Domingo, student in the Bachelor in Architectural Studies, was a member of the team that won the competition.

“One of the purposes of this design competition is to react to this post-pandemic world. Picking a flower as a starting point, each group had to identify a problem to solve, design a product, and present it in a 4-minute video. The groups are created randomly, mixing people from different universities that we’ve met before. It was a very enriching experience!”, explains Ana.

“Picking a flower as a starting point, each group had to identify a problem to solve, design a product, and present it in a 4-minute video.”

Ana’s group was called BTSS and they designed So Far Yet So Close: “We aimed to allow restaurants to restart their activity as safely as possible, without reducing their capacities. Eating outside is a great excuse to socialize and visually interact with other human beings, and food delivery has significantly increased waste and pollution”, she says. Thus, they designed a rollable panel suitable for any kind of restaurant or cafeteria: “The screen is adaptable both in height and length so that different groups of people can gather without sending particles to the ones next or behind them. In this way, people can eat outside safely, while still being surrounded by others. The panel also serves as a transparent board for clients to draw on them, fostering public participation and interaction with the product.”

“We are all proud of Ana’s great achievement, and are pleased to see that our students are being recognized internationally for their excellence”, says David Goodman, Director of the Bachelor in Architectural Studies.

In the gallery, we can see some of the images that Ana Domingo and her team designed during the FourC Challenge. The first image shows how to install the rollable panel, and the other two represent examples of its use.