Ongoing Call for Entries for Lexus Design Award 2020

Lexus International is still accepting entries to its annual design competition. In its eighth year, the Lexus Design Award provides a unique platform for young creators to demonstrate and further develop their talents. Founded in 2013 to support and foster up-and-coming creators, the program continues to evolve and inspire innovations in design that lead to a better tomorrow, and each year has seen a steady increase in the number of entries from across the world. Last year, creators from 65 countries submitted 1,548 design proposals, many of which leveraged the power of technology. Among the six finalists last year, who have entered the prototype creation stage, was a Filipino contestant, Jeffrey Dela Cruz, with his entry 'Baluto'--a modular housing system designed to withstand earthquakes and high floods. Jeffrey Dela Cruz is an Architecture Graduate from Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines. He interprets Filipino architectural designs and is often inspired by indigenous forms, materials, and constructions. He hopes his work will eventually have an impact on the research field. This year, Lexus once again opens the competition for creators all around the globe to share their take on visionary, inspiring, and life-changing design possibilities, and give them a chance to bring these innovative ideas to life. Entrants will need to demonstrate how their creative ideas express three key principles of the Lexus brand: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate, with an emphasis on how their design anticipates the needs of individuals and society. In early 2020, Lexus will announce the six finalists who will go on to participate in an extraordinary and exclusive mentorship program in New York City, under the guidance of prominent design leaders from a variety of design fields. Each finalist can use up to JPY3,000,000 (over USD25,000) to create a prototype of their design concept, which will be exhibited at the Lexus design installation at Milan Design Week 2020. The Lexus Design Award culminates in the announcement of the Grand Prix winner following prototype presentations by each of the six finalists. Prototype presentations and the announcement of the Grand Prix winner will happen on a world stage during Press Day at Milan Design Week. This year, Jeanne Gang, named one of 2019's Most Influential People in the world by Time Magazine, joins other esteemed design leaders to form this year’s panel of judges. Gang, whose projects include an expansion to the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the O’Hare Global Terminal in Chicago, has been recognized internationally for a design process that expands beyond architecture’s conventional boundaries to foreground relationships between individuals, communities, and environments. Gang adds new perspective to the already richly diverse panel that includes luminaries Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, John Maeda, technologist and chief experience officer at Publicis Sapient, and Yoshihiro Sawa, president of Lexus International. To mentor the six finalists who will be announced in January 2020, Lexus welcomes a stellar ensemble of creative pioneers from around the globe. Joe Doucet, designer, artist, entrepreneur, inventor and creative director, exhibits globally and has been honored with numerous international awards. Celebrated British designer Bethan Gray's distinctive furniture and furnishings are inspired by world cultures and made in collaboration with master craftspeople. British-Canadian Philippe Malouin is an award-winning architectural, interior, and product designer also known for his art objects and installations. Architect Shohei Shigematsu, who heads OMA New York, will again be bringing out the creative potential of young designers, as he did at last year’s Lexus Design Award. Entries to the Lexus Design Award 2020 competition will be accepted until October 14, 2019. Please visit lexusdesignaward.awardsplatform.com to submit your ideas. Discover more about the Lexus Design Award at www.lexus.com.ph/en/discover-lexus/lexus-design-award.html#imagination-craftsmanship. Discover more about the Lexus brand and its products at www.lexus.com.ph. The official hashtag is #LexusDesignAward

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