Orange Social Design Award

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‘We’re designing our city’

Good ideas with a positive impact – KulturSPIEGEL and SPIEGEL ONLINE are hosting the first Orange Social Design Award.

The concept

Mobile buildings, wheelchair ramps made with 3-D printers, vegetable gardens for everyone — KulturSPIEGEL, DER SPIEGEL’s monthly culture supplement, is currently preparing an issue in which we will present exciting and trend-setting social design projects. But that’s not all: KulturSPIEGEL and SPIEGEL ONLINE are organizing the first Orange Social Design Award. We are looking for new designs that improve life in the city. The objects should be reproducible and provide an answer to the following question: How can we best shape the public space in which we live together?

There will be a jury and an audience prize, each with a purse of €2,500. Anyone can participate, and the deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014. Detailed information about the competition and an online application form can be found at The top 10 ideas will be presented as a shortlist on SPIEGEL ONLINE on September 29, and readers will be able to vote for their favorites. On October 27, 2014, the winners of the Orange Social Design Award will be announced in KulturSPIEGEL and on SPIEGEL ONLINE.

We invite you to participate in the contest and look forward to seeing your clever designs that will have a positive impact on city life.

The jury

Friedrich von Borries
is an artist and professor of design theory at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. He is the author of a range of books, including “Who’s Afraid of Niketown?”

Mateo Kries
is the director and curator of the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. His most recent publication is the book “Total Design. Die Inflation moderner Gestaltung” (“Total Design. The Inflation of Modern Design”)

Harald Welzer
is a professor of transformation design at the University of Flensburg, and the director of the Futur Zwei Foundation in Berlin. His bestseller “Selbst denken“ (“Thinking for Yourself”) was published in 2013.

Thorsten Dörting
heads the culture section at SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Marianne Wellershoff
is the editor in chief of KulturSPIEGEL.

In a nutshell

  • Dates:
    You have until August 31, 2014 to submit your social design entries that will help make the urban environment a better place for everyone. We will publish the shortlist on this website on September 29, 2014. The winners will be announced on October 27, 2014.
  • Prizes:
    We will be awarding a jury and an audience prize, each with a purse of €2,500.

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