2009 Honorable Mention

Design for Eco and Social Sustainability

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Students from the Integrated Learning program at Otis College of Art and Design partner with children at the Accelerated Charter Elementary School (ACES) to design and implement a series of projects that focus on the theme of ecological and social sustainability. ACES, a small dual-language elementary school, serves an often overlooked and under-served community of children in South Central Los Angeles. Otis students met with these children and their families and studied their campus looking for opportunities where design projects could improve the learning environment.

Rogan Ferguson
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May 30, 2013
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Otis students design and fabricate a sculptural trellis.
The Otis students install their design on a classroom.
Drinking fountains and art are combined into a water harvesting system.
Children use the harvested water to meet all of their garden needs.
The success of the design is measured in harvested radishes!

Otis students were challenged by ACES children to develop a suite of projects that would beautify the campus, offer practical improvements to the day-to-day operation of the school, teach students about practical ecological and social sustainability, and inspire the children with art, color and life.


Otis students met the challenge by delivering a suite of powerful designs that create a more sustainable campus. Outcomes include: A Sculptural Trellis that will be covered by CA native plants that will shade a classroom. A water-harvesting drinking fountain and water capture cisterns. A community garden.