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6 Cool Projects from the 2019 Lexus Design Awards

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2019 Lexus Design Awards
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True to the automaker’s spirit, the Lexus Design Awards are all about the union of beautiful design, innovative technology, and creative solutions. Participating creators were asked to consider how their designs solve a problem and anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s society. As a result, many of the projects feature renewable energy solutions and biodegradable materials, although there are exceptions that tackle human-centric issues. Although only one entry could take home the top prize, every last one of these ideas is a winning solution that can improve lives and protect the environment.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the coolest projects from the 2019 Lexus Design awards.


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2019 Lexus Design Awards: Arenophile by Rezzan Hasoglu

2019 Lexus Design Awards
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In the immortal words of Anakin Skywalker, sand is coarse, rough, irritating, and it gets everywhere. Luckily, London-based product designer Rezzan Hasoglu came up with a way to make sand into a useful product. By mixing sand with non-toxic binders, the Arenophile project provides new sources of durable composite materials.

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2019 Lexus Design Awards: Baluto by Jeffrey E. Dela Cruz

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Inspired by indigenous Filipino design and architecture, architect Jeffrey E. Dela Cruz has created a way to protect homes in low-lying, flood-prone areas. His Baluto houses are elevated, and can withstand a sudden rise in flood water level.

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2019 Lexus Design Awards: Green Blast Jet Energy by Dmitriy Balashov

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There’s a whole lot of energy in the jet blast of an airplane taking off. That’s why Russian industrial designer Dmitriy Balashov created the Green Blast Jet Energy system, which turns all of that wind into electricity for use in other parts of the airport.

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2019 Lexus Design Awards: Hydrus by Shuzhan Yuan

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While it may look like a series of floating sausage links, there’s nothing greasy about Hydrus. In fact, Chinese product designer Shuzhan Yuan developed these cylindrical pods to contain and clean up offshore oil spills.

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2019 Lexus Design Awards: Solgami by Ben Berwich

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Using origami-inspired geometry, Australian architect Ben Berwick designed these innovative solar-powered blinds. Users can choose between greater interior illumination and electricity generation.

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2019 Lexus Design Awards: Algorithmic Lace by Lisa Marks

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The 2019 Grand Prix winner, Algorithmic Lace, uses advanced 3D modeling to create custom bras for women who’ve undergone mastectomies. Lisa Marks’ goal is to create supportive, stylish garments that help breast cancer survivors feel positive about their bodies.

As she accepted her award, Lisa Marks thanked the panel of judges and Lexus, saying, “Lexus doesn’t have to do this. They could be a successful brand without it. But it shows their commitment to design and to a better world.”

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