Local Students Changing the World through Design



    Designs Making a Difference at the Emily Carr Institute

    VANCOUVER, March 17 /CNW/ - World class students at the Emily Carr
Institute are designing creative solutions to some of the world's most
difficult challenges. On March 19, 2008, BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and
Emily Carr Institute (ECI) are hosting an event to showcase current projects
gaining international momentum for potential commercial success.
    "When art and science work together, new designs and products are created
every day that will benefit B.C.," said Advanced Education Minister Murray
Coell. "This is where Emily Carr's Research and Industry Office plays an
important role. We want to encourage the advancement of commercialization and
technology transfer at Emily Carr and why we are happy to provide $150,000
through BCIC for this to happen."

    Student Projects on the Go

    To view available high resolution photos, visit:
    http://www.bcic.ca/database/img_47ddaf7e73cb5.pdf

    "A.Framefix" - The Eco-Friendly Frog Bike
    Alex Suvajac, Intern, Winaca Foundation

    The concept track bike is described as the evolution of a frog into a
lightning fast-fixed gear bicycle, agile and streamlined to flow through air.
Made mostly from a new bamboo fiber weave and eco resin process, the bike
utilizes innovative technologies and environmentally conscious materials.
Inspired by nature, Suvajac is putting a whole new spin on the "green" bike.


    "Bambulance" - The Bamboo Bike Ambulance for Kenya
    Chris Ryan & Philippa Mennell, Interns, Design for Development

    "Bambulance" is the next generation in human-powered medical
transportation solutions. Building on the success of Design for Development's
steel-framed bicycle ambulance for southern Africa, this project goes even
further to minimize costs and utilize local manufacturing processes by using
bamboo as the primary construction material. Bamboo - a locally available,
sustainable resource in Western Kenya - is inexpensive, lightweight and
strong. This design addresses the specific conditions of the Kenyan landscape
and improves access to medical services for communities in need by drawing
upon their own local capacities.


    "Reset" - Design for Disaster in the Middle East
    Joji Fukushima

    "Reset" is a humanitarian project designing a transitional shelter for
refugees in the Middle East to re-establish a sense of community and help
restore quality of life. The design facilitates the ability to capture and
transform water and light into usable energy and takes into account
environmental and cultural needs. Use of light weight building materials and
practices such as isolated prayer rooms for men and women are examples of some
of the considerations for the design. Two units are currently en route to
Sudan for field-testing.


    "Citizen Assist Jewelry" - Freedom with Spinal Cord Injuries
    Jonny Hehr

    "Citizen Assist Jewelry" is designed to bring greater freedom to people
living with spinal cord injuries. With the loss of grip strength and hand
dexterity in many spinal cord injuries, the design helps to perform daily
tasks such as dressing through bracing, hooking and pinching objects. This
device is a tool for empowerment to embrace action, independence and life.


    "Protective Footwear for the City" - A Motorcyclist's Dream
    Satyan Gohil

    This is an innovative motorcycle footwear concept for city wear. The
system consists of wearing an armoured sock and protective boot that provides
full ankle protection and is not restricting. Without the stiff confines of
existing protective footwear, riders have exceptional mobility and the option
of customizing protection on a per ride basis. With a sleek design,
motorcyclists have the freedom to ride safely and with style.


    "Without the convergence of creativity and functionality, the world would
be a lot less interesting," said Dr. Ron Burnett, President, Emily Carr
Institute. "Our students are leading a global movement with the help of our
newly expanded Research and Industry Office. Their projects provide unique and
creative answers to challenges faced all over the world."
    BCIC is pleased to support the development of the Research and Industry
Office at Emily Carr in helping students and faculty guide their projects from
concept to reality. Building strong ties with industry by creating unique
internships and identifying industry opportunities for design projects is a
driving focus. The office will be a voice connecting art and industry in a
partnership that will further innovation in design.

    Event Details:

    March 19, 2008, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
    Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design
    Charles H. Scott Gallery
    1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Speakers:

    The Honourable Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education
    Soren Harbel, VP, Innovation Development, BC Innovation Council
    Dr. Ron Burnett, President, Emily Carr Institute
    Alex Suvajak, "A.Framefix"
    Philippa Mennell, "Bambulance"
    Joji Fukushima, "Reset"
    Jonny Hehr, "Citizen Assist Jewelry"
    Satyan Gohil, "Protective Footwear for the City"

    High resolution photos and interviews can be arranged. Refreshments will
be served.


    About BC Innovation Council

    BC Innovation Council (BCIC) advances innovation and commercialization of
applied science and technology in partnership with government, industry and
academia. By supporting all levels of education, BCIC is focused on developing
talented British Columbians. Building a strong future for the knowledge
economy is essential to the success of B.C.'s economy. BCIC is a Crown Agency
of the Province of British Columbia.
    For more information about BC Innovation Council, visit www.bcic.ca.

    About Emily Carr Institute

    Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Emily Carr Institute is one of the
world's premier art institutes devoted to excellence and innovation in visual
arts, media arts and design. Emily Carr Institute offers Masters and Bachelor
degree programs and a rich variety of continuing studies courses.
    For more information about Emily Carr Institute, visit www.eciad.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Leung, Communications Coordinator, BC
Innovation Council, (604) 602-5249, 1-800-665-7222,
sleung@bcinnovationcouncil.com; Roxanne Toronto, Communications Officer, Emily
Carr Institute, (604) 844-3075, roxanne@eciad.ca


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