Get Ready for the Surge Design Challenge 2019

Calling all designers! Registration is now open for Surge’s Design Challenge 2019. So dust out those drafting tables and grab your geometry boxes to indulge in an exercise that is truly inspirational and altruistic.


Registration is now open. Click here to enter

Deadline – May 22, 2019

Each year, Surge comes up with bigger and better ways to engage the region’s A+D community towards a singular purpose – to provide sustainable, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions to the the world.

The process starts with a design challenge, where the region’s talent battle it out with their creative geniuses  to create the best, most unique piece of lighting or furniture, and it culminates in a glamorous and giving awards night gala event.

This year’s theme for the Design Challenge is Sacred Geometry – a topic that contains an intriguing and deeply inspiring reservoir of visual tools and attributes.

The word ‘Geometry’ comes from the Greek words ‘Geos’ (meaning Earth) and ‘Metron’ (meaning to measure). Sacred geometry applies symbolic and sacred meaning to certain geometric shapes and proportions, and is understood to be deeply rooted in the patterns observed in nature, from the basic cells in our bodies to the complex structures of the universe.

Nature is filled with a breathtaking display of geometric forms. The nautilus grows at a constant rate with its shell forming a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape. Honeybees construct hexagonal cells to create their honeycomb. Furthermore, in ancient civilization, sacred geometry was often adapted in art and architecture – from the simple spiral to more complex designs. Today sacred geometry is still used in the planning and construction of many structures, such as churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, and the creation of religious art.

The Design Challenge

Designers are challenged to take inspiration from sacred geometry patterns, seen in both nature and ancient architecture, and create a functional piece of furniture or lighting. The design should also optimise resources by using recycled, natural, or even living materials. In short, go ‘wild’ and submit your most stunning creations that show no separation between nature and furniture!

Click here for more details and to apply

Deadline and Awards

Designers are requested to fill in the form provided in the link below to register their entry, the deadline for which is May 22, 2019

Click here to apply

The various categories for the awards include:

  • Overall Competition Winner
  • Highly Commended
  • Most Sustainable
  • Innovation Award
  • Master Craftsman
  • People’s Choice

About Surge

Surge provides sustainable safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions, in an effort to change the world one drop at a time. In a world in which 2,300 people die every day because of inadequate drinking water and sanitation, Surge takes a multi faceted approach to reach as many people as possible. Since 2008, the organisation has impacted 1 million people in 11 countries. 100 percent of public donations received fund safe water, sanitation and associated education projects. 

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