Class of 09: Will Work for Green Design

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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Daniel Sommers folding garment bag (photos courtesy SAIC).

Daniel Sommer's folding garment bag (photos courtesy SAIC).

Friend of AN Ryan Lafollette sends this dispatch from the Windy City.

Recent graduates of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) architecture and design programs are facing a challenging job market. For those employers looking for new talent, as well as for enthusiasts of design who couldn’t make it to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, SAIC’s department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects is currently showing its graduate design exhibition, Making Modern.

While the scope of the projects vary greatly, each promotes sustainable design and living practices, and includes student work featured in Milan.

Matthew Stewarts brise-soleil.

Matthew Stewart's brise-soleil.

Aiming to reduce costs associated with building air conditioning by up to 20%, Matthew Stewart designed and developed a system of precisely oriented brise-soleil using waste wood from lumber processing and building construction.

Slightly more whimsical but with broad implications in the developing world, Taikkun Li created Tibetan prayer wheel generators, fashioned using old bike tires and fan motors, allowing tourists to lessen their impact on an already strained electrical grid.

Daniel Sommer attempts to eliminate excuses about cycling to the office. He designed a compact folding hanger and garment bag system that easily slips into your existing messenger bag or carryall.

In a competitive market, these innovative, cost-cutting, and energy-efficient designs may give these young practitioners that much needed leg up.

Making Modern will be on display in SAIC‘s Sullivan Galleries, located in the Louis Sullivan designed Carson Pirie Scott & Co. Building, 33 South State Street, Seventh Floor, Chicago, through July 25.

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