Glasgow students win Audi Sustain Our Nation contest

Students from The Glasgow School of Art have won top prize in the Sustain Our Nation contest with a project to connect residents on Glasgow’s Wyndford estate by helping them to create interest groups across generations.

Branded Green Gorillaz, the project – set up by a dozen service design and design innovation MA students under the name Get Go Glasgow – was awarded £10 000 by the Audi Design Foundation, which masterminded the contest. This is on top of £10 000 already banked when Green Gorillaz won the regional heats, and goes towards the realisation of the project.

Using ‘engagement tools’ to aid communications, Get Go Glasgow held meetings to help residents identify area of common interest. The outcomes include a ‘hungry’ group, bent on growing and preparing their own food, and a photography group.

‘The aim was to pick on the positives and to build confidence among local people,’ says Laura Franzini of Get Go Glasgow.

The team has  identified two local champions to spearhead the initiative and appointed four designers-in-residence from GSA to see the project through.

Funding from the ADF will be used to create a seed fund to be allocated over the next four years, in grants of £100 or less, for projects identified by residents. The successful bids will be chosen through Dragon’s Den-style sessions.

Runners up in the contest came from London’s Central St Martins College of Art and Design and University College Falmouth – both their projects were £10 000 winners in the regional heats.

Central St Martins MA students proposed the Urban Green Line, a moss-covered line and a website linking parks and other Green facilities in local areas.

Falmouth undergraduates Liam Curtis and Jack Seal, meanwhile, addressed local unemployment and the high cost of water in Cornwall through Freeflush, a system to capture rainwater to flush domestic lavatories.

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