Cooper Hewitt The Nature of Design 2019 National High School Design Competition Finalists:
DANIELA CONTRERAS, AGE 19 AND LUCAS DUNOYER, AGE 17 DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL.
Sound gardens are a solution to sound pollution in urban cities for people as well as wildlife surrounding the city by blocking out city sounds like construction and vehicle noise. Our design is inspired by the sounds of wind in nature passing through foliage and rattle seeds. Using the movement of urban cities to create white noise, Sound Gardens is made of foliage and rattle seeds that would be placed along street lamps, metro rails, and building facades to suppress stressful city sounds and improve life quality and provide a safer habitat.
MARISOL MCEWAN, AGE 17 AND TESHAWN SINCLAIR, AGE 18
DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL.
Infected female mosquitoes carry life-threatening parasites and bacteria that can be transmitted to people. About 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk for mosquito-borne diseases. Capuchin monkeys, which are the inspiration for this design, rub themselves with piper plant leaves that contain chemical compounds such as viridiflorol and aromadendrene that repel mosquitoes and other insects. Our design is to create a fabric from the piper plant’s leaves using the process of retting, which involves soaking the stems and leaves to soften and separate the fibers. The fibers will be sewn into a fabric and used to make clothing that will work as a repellent.
COOPER HEWITT HONORABLE MENTIONS: JULIAN SARRIA age 16, ALAN LOMBA, age 16, and, ERIK SANDE, age 16, Design and Architecture Senior High School, Miami, FL.