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1st place winner - Architecture & Design:

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STUDENT: Matthew Hutter, Chico High School
City: Chico
County: Butte
Project name: Butterfly Roof Concept Vacation House

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER INTERPRETATION BY:
Brian Garrett
Country: The Netherlands

Matthew Hutter

Brian Garrett

         
   Butterfly Roof Concept by Matthew Hutter

Summary: Environmentally friendly vacation home that exploits geometrical structure to maximize solar efficiency
Materials: Carbon negative cement, DuPont™ SentryGlas® structural glass, Steel

Abridged student comment: With recycled steel for the main structure, and natural heat from the sun through structural glass walls, this single family vacation home is environmentally nature's best friend. The butterfly roof covered in solar panels is designed for more than just looks. The "V" shape allows light rays from the sun to always be contacting the solar panels, regardless the time of day. Another unique eco-friendly component is the natural air-conditioning; small windows opening at the top of the first floor, allow air to flow up through the house and out the opening sky light windows.

   
    
   Brian Garret's Butterfly Stool inspired by Matt Hutter's "Butterfly Roof Concept Vacation House"



    THE DESIGNER'S COMMENTS:

About Garrett's project: I took the main structure of the Butterfly Roof concept from Matt Hutter and translated it into a stool. Since the focus in Matts' design was mainly on efficiency and environmental friendliness, I took that as my starting point as well. The Butterfly stool I designed can be folded to a very flat pack, which means that it takes very little space both during transport as well as when stored in the house.

About California Dream Week: I believe it's in the best interest of our future to educate and inspire kids to make these kinds of sustainable and future proof ideas. The earlier they become aware, the bigger the impact they can make. Especially with technologies developing at speeds that are constantly increasing the amount of information, and opportunities keep growing and growing.

About Matthew Hutter's project: I think it's a clever concept, using the sun's energy to light and warm the house, and provide it with energy. At the same time, the house looks quite modern. However, I think there could be a little more insight into the direction of sun light, since it does not turn 360 degrees, but more like 180 degrees, therefore the shadow side of the house could be a bit more closed off, giving privacy more suitable for living.




PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Brian Garrett
Country: The Netherlands

He studied for his Master degree in Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2006, Garrett launched his own freelance design company specialized in interactive product design and 3d concept visualization.
As a part of his education he worked at an Asian design company in Singapore for six months. The synthesis of freelance work and academic projects have broadened his interests in design, from graphic and interactive design to computer aided product design. Loaded with innovative ideas about dynamic and interactive product design, Brian approached pioneer design firm FOC for collaboration on his graduation project. The resulting work demonstrated a radical new approach to product customisation, in this case headphones. In August 2009, Garrett joined FOC as both product and graphic designer.




STUDENT BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Matthew Hutter
Grade: Junior
School: Chico High School City, County: Chico, Butte

Matt Hutter, born and raised in Chico, CA, is a 17 year old student at Chico Senior High School who tries to live life to the fullest. While growing up, he went to Notre Dame Catholic School in Chico for nine years and has participated in Boys Scouts of America since 2006. At Chico High, Matt is a well rounded student balancing volleyball, academics, and his social life. Matt has been taking Architecture Design & CAD classes for three years and is currently enrolled in a Butte County Regional Occupation Program (ROP) class; ROP CAD Drafting.


  2nd place winner - Architecture & Design:                            Top

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STUDENT: Gina Huynh, Silver Creek High School
City: San Jose
County: Santa Clara County
Project name: Taste the tree

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER INTERPRETATION BY:
Luca Casini
Country: Italy

Gina Huynh

Luca Casini

Summary: A solar energized green fountain that maximizes irrigation potential by reusing the spilled/excess water for surrounding plant areas.
Structure: Bamboo for the "trunk" base, recycled aluminum, steel and tin cans for the base of the "watering leaves" area
Energy: Solar panels to fuel the sensor activated faucet and water pressure

    
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   "Taste the tree" water fountain by Gina Huynh

Abridged student comment: We all have witnessed water fountains, especially school water fountains, diminishing. In addition, if there are water fountains present, I have found them to be in abandon. Why? For whatever reason, I think we should bring them back with a new twist. Free water is cheaper than bottled water, and if water is free, then it encourages kids to avoid sugary drinks, and fewer delivery trucks in the streets means a lower carbon footprint and cleaner air. Fountains also strengthen our connection to municipal drinking water to help ensure it is preserved. Rather than looking into a whole new idea, I looked at situations that we need to improve on and transformed the original idea into a new green futuristic solution. My design can be modified and adjusted in many different ways.

   
   Fountain by Luca Casini, inspired by "Taste the tree" project by Gina Huynh



    THE DESIGNER'S COMMENTS:

About Gina's project: Functional, attractive, ecological... an innovative water fountain. Gina has developed a concept around a real need and about an important useful theme, "central" also for urban environment quality and often for social interactions too. Water sources have always been a magic element in human history and it is certainly good to think one more time to its value and respecting it. Gina described some very interesting guidelines, mixing ecological aspects with advanced technology: proximity sensors activate the faucet and water flow only when needed, also preventing physical contact with the faucet handles, now no more necessary. The system can work thanks to a solar panel (and maybe we could add some led lights too for the evening if there is enough energy).

"Trees and the variety of plants are beneficial... if I can place them everywhere and anywhere, I would," this was another inspirational theme highlighted by Gina, who also mentioned that the water fountain can be used for the plants around it: "plants, flowers of any kind," and she also indicated the "eco-friendly grass" use. Another interesting aspect was the attention dedicated by Gina to the ecological, recycled or natural materials to be used for the new fountain, as well as some of her notes about the fountain look and atmosphere: "I want to give this an inviting, warm picture".

About Luca's interpretation: .... I started playing and orienting the intuitions of Gina... developing with some drawings the first idea that jumped into my mind from her suggestions: warm and natural look and materials, water that's easy to use and useful for plants too, plants everywhere, grass, bottle refilling stations and automatic water dispensing system with solar energy! The re-filtering apparatus mentioned by Gina might be too expensive for basic fountain models and maybe it would be complicated in maintenance and need too much energy for pumps using solar cells. In any case, it would be intriguing as a "blue sky" concept to consider a sensor activated filtration system when too much water is dispensed (in the actual concept I have proposed, water in excess flows out of the vase, watering the grass with a simple under-ground water distribution system).

     

A note from Luca to Gina about his interpretation: The pavement has a graphic which visually emphasizes the distribution of water from the center towards the ground, like drops of water that expand. Also the vase has the shape of a large stylized drop of water, again - the symbol for water.
       Technically there could be foreseen a nozzle on the vertical structure to spray water on the vase to automatically water the plants and grass (also with a subterranean system) should the water from the fountain runoff be reduced or insufficient for adequate watering. Also, this concept could be linked to some of the ideas proposed by Gina in her drawings and concepts.




PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Luca Casini
Country: Italy

Luca Casini graduated in Architecture in 1996 and started his own studio in Milan in 1997. In 1998, he founded the CASINI & PRINGIERS Associates industrial design studio with Jacob Pringiers, working with this structure for some years. Since 2004, he works with the brands "Luca Casini Design Studio" (furniture and high-end products) and "CASINI STUDIO" (industrial design firm). Luca Casini has developed projects in multiple fields ranging from fashion accessories to home complements, furniture and consumer products, from mass produced to luxury items. He has collaborated with: Arcade-Avec®, Asa Selection®, Atoma®, Auerhahn®, Colgate Palmolive®, Cif®, Bic Company®, DuPont de Nemours, Fiam Italia®, lchim®, lica®, Ferrero®, Folle®, Gruppo Confalonieri®, Luxottica Group®, Newell Europe®, Nike®, Ritzenhoff Cristal®, Riva Boats®, Sphaus®, Technogym®, Unilever®, Wmf® and many other leading international companies. He has taught at the Politecnico di Milano University, and achieved various international design prizes.




STUDENT BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Gina Huynh
Grade: Junior
School: Silver Creek High School
City, County: San Jose, Santa Clara

Gina Huynh lives to work and play hard, applying that mentality to every aspect of her education and social life. While remaining focused on school, volunteering, health, friends and family, Gina also slows down to enjoy the simpler things. She takes long walks, enjoys window shopping, laughing, joking around with her nephews, playing guitar and reading whatever her heart desires.


  3rd place winner - Architecture & Design:                            Top

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STUDENT: Cristina Calva, Orland High School
City: Orland
County: Glenn County
Project name: A sustainable home

PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER INTERPRETATION BY:
Lorenzo Palmeri
Country: Italy


Cristina Calva

Lorenzo Palmeri

Summary: A complete home design concept, using discarded, recycled and sustainable materials and products throughout the entire project.

Abridged student comment: "The house is made of four eight feet wide by thirteen feet long metal train shipping crates put together. I took out four of the inside walls to give the house more space and insulated the walls with EcoRock, which is made of recycled waste products. The house will be solar powered and have a radiant heating system from beneath the floor... The walls will be painted with Zero VOC paint, in a warm white hue... and the whole house has incorporated natural hues and elements that remind me of nature - either a flower, a plant, or water - to give this house a spacious, peaceful feeling, much like what you feel when you're outside sitting in a beautiful garden. I hope when others view my house they get that same feeling."

Interesting interior design details: Flooring in bamboo and stone, couch made of recycled couches, recliners made from recycled cardboard tubes, library chair made from recycled plastic bags, kitchen cabinets in bamboo and EnviroSLAB, stools and bed made from reclaimed wood of wine barrel staves, bathroom sink made of recycled tires...

   

Dream sketch by Lorenzo Palmeri inspired by Cristina Calva's project "A sustainable home".

THE DESIGNER'S COMMENTS: "The dream of an entirely natural home, that grafts a virtuous circle with the environment instead of disturbing it, has become an indispensable necessity. The project by Cristina, expressing an awareness missing by many architects, reminded me also of the visionary dreams of Henry David Thoreau and of Serge Latouche. I like interpreting her idea with a utopian image... a beautiful word a little out of style, hoping that certain Utopias can become a reality.
"Awareness must start in school or in the home; for this reason, California Dream Week seems to me a fantastic project. I also very much like the international formula that underlines how certain themes are shared regardless of distance or borders."




PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Lorenzo Palmeri
Country: Italy

Lorenzo Palmeri, architect. Received his architectural degree from Politecnico of Milan. His initial work experience and collaborative exploits included projects with Bruno Munari and Isao Hosoe. During the same period, Palmeri also studied music. Areas of activity range from architecture, interior and product design, teachings to musical production and composition. Since1997, he also teaches, holding lectures and conferences in Italy and Institutes abroad. He participates in important personal and collective design exhibitions, and his projects have won numerous international prizes.
Palmeri has been commissioned for product design, renovations, art direction and interior design. A few of his clients include: Discoteca Le cinema di Milano, Fiera di Milano, Fumagalli componenti, Valenti Luce, Losa, Crippa, Gaslini 3G, Riviera Golf di Cattolica, Morandotti, Arthema, Korg, Noah guitar, Garofoli, Andreoli, Guzzini, Invicta, Upgroup, Caffè River, De Vecchi, Nissan, Lefel, Napapijri, Pandora Design, Lavazza, Corvasce, Danese. As Art Director: Milanosoundesign with Giulio Iacchetti; 16 designer for Invicta; Lefel (brand extension for Feltrinelli Editore); Arthemagroup 2011. In the musical field, Palmeri composes for theatrical performances, films and specific events. His first pop album "preparativi per la pioggia" came out in 2009.




STUDENT BIOGRAPHY:
Name: Cristina Calva
Grade: Junior
School: Orland High School
City, County: Orland, Glenn

When she was younger, Cristina Calva loved to watch the Home Extreme Makeover show and dreamed of designing rooms for other people. As a sophomore, she took an Interior Design class and this year as a junior is taking the advanced portion of the same class. After high school, Cristina plans to attend a four year college and double major in Interior Design and English.


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