Surge’s Design, Dine, make a Difference 2021: GAIA

8 Dec 2021, 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

The Address Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates

Event Description

An inspirational gala featuring Surge’s global work, GAIA themed creations, and the Sustainability Design Awards. Join us on December 8th. IACAD – 4105


Each year, we wait with excitement for Surge’s ‘Design, Dine, make a Difference’ gala. And true to form, Surge comes up with better, more unique ways of engaging the region’s A+D community towards a singular purpose – to provide sustainable, safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to the world.

This event is made possible because of Surge’s Sponsors

The Design Challenge 2021: GAIA

The Surge journey starts with a design challenge, where designers battle it out in a thrilling race to create the best, most unique creation, and it culminates in a glamorous and purposeful awards gala event.

This year’s theme, GAIA — suggests that we coevolve with our environment.

Designers are challenged to capture our changing planet and humanity’s role in this change by considering all four dimensions of sustainability – the social, ecological, economic and worldview.  Designs can be provocative and raise awareness of the ecocide that is occurring, or celebrate the beauty when working in synergy with nature. The pieces of furniture or lighting are meant to live outdoors in nature and inspire a lighter footprint on our planet, one that encourages humanity to respect, protect and celebrate our connection to Mother Earth!

Here’s are the 2021 Participants

The DDD 2021 Awards

The various categories for the awards include:

  • Overall Competition Winner

  • Highly Commended

  • Most Impactful

  • Most Sustainable

  • Most Innovative

  • Master Craftsman – awarded to Build Partner

  • People’s Choice

  • Cause-Centered

A panel of Industry experts will review all entries and select the 2021 winners after a rigorous review.

The Cause-Centered Award will be selected by the Surge team. The People’s Choice is awarded to the piece with the most public votes. The Most Impactful will go to the piece that generates the most funds for Surge’s work.

The Sustainability Awards


About Surge

Founded in 2008, Surge has impacted over 1,000,000 people in 11 countries. 

Our work includes: construction of wells, springs, rainwater harvesting systems; installation of household and community water filters; construction of toilets; and the implementation of customized hygiene and menstrual health education programs. Surge is actively delivering its sustainable, holistic, community led programs in Haiti, the Philippines and Uganda. Through our work, entire communities have seen improvements in infrastructure, health, dignity, education, income, and many other advances in the overall well-being for generations to come.

Surge is headquartered in Chicago, USA with a branch office in Dubai.

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We sat down with our ‘Design, Dine, make a Difference’ Global Advocate Sponsors to learn more about their motivation behind sponsoring Surge; their connection to this year’s theme – GAIA; and their personal connection to it all.

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This year, Surge’s ‘Design, Dine, Make a Difference’ Gala is themed GAIA, focusing on our connection to Mother Earth. Eleven of the region’s top designers have taken on the challenge to create functional designs that represent our changing planet and humanity’s role in the change. With eight awards up for grabs, we are sure that the entries will be fascinating!

Kicking Off the Design, Dine, make a Difference 2021

It’s that time of the year, when the design community starts stirring, and the hum and buzz of Surge begins. This year’s designer workshops kicked off at the stunningly minimalistic setting of Firetti Contemporary Gallery in Al Serkal. Many hopeful designers gathered, eager to sit with the advisory committee and talk about their potential submission.

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8 Dec 2021 - 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM


The Address Dubai Marina


United Arab Emirates