NSAD Sweeps Cal Poly Design Village Competition


NSAD Sweeps Cal Poly Competition

SAN DIEGO, Calif.—May 3, 2010—Student teams from NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) earned three of the five awards at the annual Cal Poly Design Village competition in San Luis Obispo. It was the third time in the last four years that NSAD teams came home with the top prizes. Fifty-five teams representing 20 California colleges and universities competed at the April 16-18 event.

The overall theme was “Landfill Luxury,” and all entries had to be built of 80 percent found items. Teams were required to design and make structures that reflected the theme in any of the five categories, and organizers used living conditions during the Great Depression as examples. In particular, they cited Central Park when it was a depression-era enclave of families living in handmade shelters of found, and often stolen, items.

NewSchool’s structures won “Best Overall Design,” “Jury Favored Structure Design,” and “Most Habitable Structure Design,” continuing NSAD’s distinction of winning in at least one category each year since 1995.

The winners were

  • Best overall (KEK’D): Crystal Keeran, Elena Klinnert, and Caterina Echols
  • Most habitable (the Hollywood hangar): Branden Nash, Daniel Ordonez, Max Mcilwee, Timothy Smith, and Joao Costa
  • Jury Favored (Hobo Erectus): Devin Way, Allen Bennett, and Omar Castell

“The fact that we excelled again at Design Village is a tribute to the creativity and skill of the students and their faculty leadership,” said Dr. Steven Altman, president of NSAD. “This is always a grueling competition where students cart their structures a mile into a canyon, assemble them, and then live in them for a weekend.” The NSAD faculty advisor was Hussein Munaim, who led teams in all of the winning years.

Aside from the hike into the canyon, challenges included

  • Any carrying devices had to be incorporated into the structure and propelled by human power
  • No power outlets were provided, and gas-powered generators were prohibited
  • Because of the dry brush and windy conditions, fires of any kind were forbidden, including stoves and lanterns
  • Teams were required to sleep in their structures the first and second nights
  • Restrooms were available at the Cal Poly field house nearby and accessible by walking, biking, or shuttle service

Entries were judged on craftsmanship, sustainability, design quality, public response on site, and suitability to the theme.