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Cosentino Group announces its 9th International Cosentino Design Challenge Competition

* Cosentino.jpgThe internationally recognised Spanish manufacturer and distributor of innovative surfaces in the world of design and architecture, the Cosentino Group, launched its 9th International Cosentino Design Challenge this week and interest has already come from as many as four continents, 13 schools and institutions from Europe, one from Oceania, one from Asia and one from America.

The competition comprises two categories - Architecture and Design - and is open to all students who registered between the years 2014 and 2015 from any school or centre of higher education for design, architecture or interior architecture anywhere in the world.

With the aim of fostering new talent, the Challenge is an international competition with collaborations from 16 international institutions, schools and universities from as many as four continents: Europe, Asia, Oceania and America:

* Design Academy Eindhoven (Holland)
* Istituto Europeo di Design Milano (Italy)
* Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (Germany)
* École Supérieure des Arts Modernes (France)
* American Society of Interior Designers (USA)
* University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
* Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore)
* Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (Spain)
* Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (Spain)
* Escuela de Arte número 10 de Madrid (Spain) * Escuela Técnica Superior de la Universidad de Navarra (Spain)
* Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla (Spain)
* Escuela de Arte de Almería (Spain)
* Escuela de Arte Superior de Diseño de Alicante (Spain)
* Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia (Spain)
* Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)

Participating students must research different conceptual approaches to the configuration of spaces, and the construction materials and systems defining these spaces, while remaining within the guidelines for each category and using materials from Cosentino's wide range of products in their final projects.

The Design category in this edition of the competition requires the student to reflect on 'Cosentino and Celebration'. Students are free to choose their own work area or surface, but should give careful consideration to the relationship between space, the observer and the Cosentino products that must be included in the final project.

The object of the Architecture category is to reflect on the thresholds between cohabitation, play and recreational areas, while experimenting with surfaces. Students should not forget to include at least one Cosentino product in the design for their final project.

There are three first prizes of 1,000 euros each for both categories, making an overall total of 6,000 euros in prize money. The decision of the jury, which comprises high profile figures from the world of architecture and design, will be announced during June 2015.

The delivery deadline for the final project designs will be 1st June 2015. Each project must be submitted in digital format only via the website: www.cosentinodesignchallenge.org

The presentation of prizes for the winners of the previous edition took place yesterday in Centro Cibeles, Madrid. Santiago Alfonso: director of communication and marketing for the Cosentino Group, Adelina Salinas: architect and competition coordinator and Ricardo Santonja: (I+D+art), Professor at ETSAM, were responsible for this presentation to students, professors and the media.

This event has been supported by a very interesting initial lecture from the Architect Jes�s San Vicente on 'The importance of design in a company's growth and development.'

www.cosentino.com / www.cosentinodesignchallenge.org

10th October 2014

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