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crQlr Awards

crQlr Awards

Call for entry

The future is circular, just like our awards.

Overview

The crQlr Awards is a platform to showcase promising ideas in circular economy and regenerative design which give rise to new social, ecological, and economic opportunities for our future.

By gathering a diverse panel of judges with established backgrounds in design, architecture, fashion, art, biology, and more, we aim to support various projects through an open feedback system between judges and applicants.

The crQlr Awards are ultimately about helping circular design ideas to succeed. Anyone can enter, and your idea could be the next to take shape!

Judges

Ana Laura Cantera

Ana Laura Cantera

Bioelectronic artist, researcher and professor at UNTREF University

Anita de Wit

Anita de Wit

ReBlend Founder

Cecilia Tham

Cecilia Tham

Future Synthesist and Principle at Futurity Studio

David Benjamin

David Benjamin

Founding Principal of The Living and Associate Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Enrique Lomnitz

Enrique Lomnitz

Isla Urbana General Director

Guillaume Charny-Brunet

Guillaume Charny-Brunet

SPACE 10 Co-founder & Director of Strategy

Mariko McTier

Mariko McTier

Co-founder & Representative Director, Social Innovation JapanCo-founder mymizu

Mohamed Muse Hassan

Mohamed Muse Hassan

Director, Institute of Innovation, Tech, & Entrepreneurship at SIMAD University

Richard Ekkebus

Richard Ekkebus

Culinary Director at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Singh Intrachooto, PhD

Singh Intrachooto, PhD

Architect, Associate Professor at Kasetsart University, Design Principal of OSISU

Willemijn de Iongh

Willemijn de Iongh

Landscape Facilitator at Commonland

Akihiro Yasui

Akihiro Yasui

Representative of Circular Initiatives&Partners

Yu Kato

Yu Kato

Founder at Harch Inc.

Fumio Nanjo

Fumio Nanjo

N and A. International Art Consulting Office Representative Director, Mori Art Museum Special Advisor

Tatsuya Takeda

Tatsuya Takeda

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. General Manager, Sustainability Promotion Office, Planning Department

Tim Wong

Tim Wong

FabCafe Taipei / Loftwork Taiwan Co-founder

Kalaya Kovidvisith

Kalaya Kovidvisith

FabCafe Bangkok Co-founder

Kelsie Stewart

Kelsie Stewart

FabCafe CCO (Chief Community Officer)

Hiroki Tanahashi

Hiroki Tanahashi

Loftwork Inc. Innovation Maker

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Ana Laura Cantera

Ana Laura Cantera

Bioelectronic artist, researcher and professor at UNTREF University

Bioelectronic artist, researcher and professor. She has a Master degree in Electronic Arts at Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), a Bachelor degree in Visual Arts at Universidad de las Artes (UNA) and a degree as Art Teacher at UNA. In her artistic productions she works with the concepts of natures, territories and horizontal entanglements with non-human organisms. She has founded Mycocrea –mycelium lab, where she works with grown designs and other biomaterials. Recently, she received the Global Community Bio Fellows fellowship at MIT, the ELAP Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (Concordia University-Montreal) and the First Prize Itaú Artes Visuales in Robotic Arts category.

Prizes

Green Road
REstone
Malai coconut leather
Sea2see
“Illuminate the Future -Mirai Terasu- Art project”
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Anita de Wit

Anita de Wit

ReBlend Founder

Anita de Wit is the Founder of ReBlend, with MSc Economics from VU Amsterdam. With a long history in consultancy/project management for big corporates around themes like creating better business, development of innovative business models and sustainable business development, Anita realized there is a big difference between strategic plans made by consultants and the reality of day to day business in which changes adapt very slowly. To create more impact, she started ReBlend to make circular textiles from dutch post consumer textile waste. She chose textiles because we all wear clothes, clothes are a part of our identity and a world without textiles is hard to imagine therefore it is inevitable that we need to change to a different way of making fabrics and fashion.

Prizes

Consumer Cotton Project
AMPHITEX
REKROW
The clothing circulation system centered on the medical field
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Cecilia Tham

Cecilia Tham

Future Synthesist and Principle at Futurity Studio

Cecilia is currently a Future Synthesist, at Futurity Studio, where she helps companies to ideate and prototype futures. She is a former Senior Social Technologist at Alpha Telefonica Innovation. As a serial entrepreneur, she is the founder of multiple companies, MOB, the largest co-working community in Barcelona, and FabCafe Barcelona, digital fabrication lab meets coffee shop, and allwomen.tech, an AI training school for women by women to build the next generation of women and tech. She has mentored for UNDP + 4YFN Women Innovator Programme, WFP-X, Google Launchpad, and has served on the board of advisor for the City Government of Barcelona.

Prizes

Impossible Materials
Looop Can
tex.tracer
Romoting the charcoal recycling of branches and vines in Taiwan
CyanoFabbrica
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David Benjamin

David Benjamin

Founding Principal of The Living and Associate Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

David Benjamin (‘05 M.Arch) is Founding Principal of The Living and Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP. Focusing on the intersection of biology, computation, and design, Benjamin has articulated three frameworks for harnessing living organisms for architecture: bio-processing, bio-sensing, and bio-manufacturing. The Living has won many design prizes, including the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League, the New Practices Award from the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the Young Architects Program Award from the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, and a Holcim Sustainability Award. Recent projects include the Princeton Architecture Laboratory (a new building for research on next-generation design and construction technologies), Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot-long floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Hy-Fi (a branching tower for the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 made of a new type of biodegradable brick).

Prizes

ZenZhou Water-Storing Seedling Pot
Malai coconut leather
INOW
SOUJI
Eco-Friendly and Profitable Auto Recycling System
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Enrique Lomnitz

Enrique Lomnitz

Isla Urbana General Director

Enrique Lomnitz is an industrial designer by trade. Mexico City born and US raised, Lomnitz has a passion for sustainability in all of its application. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design where he developed a rainwater harvesting project for low income Mexico. Lomnitz then returned to Mexico City and founded Isla Urbana. Isla Urbana focuses on developing a model to make rainwater harvesting into a viable water source for Mexico City capable of greatly increasing its sustainability, while helping water scarce communities. Lomnitz is an Ashoka Fellow and lives and works in Mexico City.

Prizes

A Lighter Delicacy
Impossible Materials
REolivar, TRANSFORMATIVE PRODUCTS FROM OLIVE PITS
AMPHITEX
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Guillaume Charny-Brunet

Guillaume Charny-Brunet

SPACE 10 Co-founder & Director of Strategy

Guillaume is a French national who has spent the past 15 years helping large organizations to anticipate change and develop new solutions. From Paris, NYC, and now Copenhagen where he co-founded SPACE10 in 2015. SPACE10 is a research and design lab on a mission to create a better everyday life for people and planet. As Director of Strategy & Development Guillaume operates at the crossroad of design, business & sustainability, working close to IKEA, and with a broad network for talents around the world. He also serves as an Advisory Board member for the Distributed Design Platform.

Prizes

Green Road
Diaper Cycle
nornnorn
Biopac
ZERO EMISSION PROJECT 27/80
ZenZhou Water-Storing Seedling Pot
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Mariko McTier

Mariko McTier

Co-founder & Representative Director, Social Innovation JapanCo-founder mymizu

Mariko is Co-Founder and Director of Social Innovation Japan and Japan's first free water refill app, mymizu. A former journalist, she has planned, managed and delivered international, multi-stakeholder projects for government, corporations and social ventures. Mariko now leverages her experience to build greater cross-sector engagement with social and environmental issues via her award-winning social enterprise Social Innovation Japan (SIJ), co-founded mymizu, a circular economy initiative borne out of SIJ, and is the Tokyo lead for the Circular Economy Club. She is a Council Member for the World Economic Forum’s “Global Future Council on Japan” with a focus on Circular Economy.

Prizes

nornnorn
Bagasse UPCYCLE
KURADASHI
Sustainable Materials Library
Eco-Friendly and Profitable Auto Recycling System
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Mohamed Muse Hassan

Mohamed Muse Hassan

Director, Institute of Innovation, Tech, & Entrepreneurship at SIMAD University

Mohamed Muse Hassan is the Founding Director of the Institute of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (IITE Institute) at SIMAD University, a hub for nurturing innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship education in Somalia and beyond. Mohamed obtained his MBA from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Tokyo, Japan). He is a Mentor for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Young Leaders for Africa in Tokyo; the Innovation Manager for Kakehashi Africa; the coordinator of the Empower NextGen Somalia, a one-year program sponsored by the US Embassy to Somalia to mentor, guide, and build the skills for 40 Somali youth; and the coordinator of The Next Economy, a four-year job creation program for the youth in Nigeria, Mali, and Somalia.

Prizes

Green Road
nornnorn
TaiSugar Circular Village
NIKKO Circular Lab
Planting the Seed of Change with Sheedo Studio
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Richard Ekkebus

Richard Ekkebus

Culinary Director at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Richard Ekkebus is the Culinary Director at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, overseeing all cuisine at one of the city’s most luxurious and distinctive five-star hotels. Under Richard’s supervision and guidance, Amber, the hotel’s contemporary, fine dining restaurant, was bestowed with the Sustainable Restaurant Award, listed No. 31 in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 and for the 13 consecutive years, awarded two Michelin stars by the Michelin Guide for Hong Kong and Macau 2021. Being a pioneer in sustainable culinary and restaurant operations, Richard is committed to driving culinary exploration and creativity. He is admired for his innovative and sustainable approach towards contemporary French cuisine.

Prizes

Biopac
Sea2see
Espigoladors Foundation
YoutúYou new collecting waste model
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Singh Intrachooto, PhD

Singh Intrachooto, PhD

Architect, Associate Professor at Kasetsart University, Design Principal of OSISU

Singh Intrachooto heads the Research & Innovation for Sustainability Center (RISC) at MQDC and is Associate Professor of Building Innovation, architect and design principal of OSISU, Thailand’s pioneering upcyling design venture. He is the founder of Scrap Lab and Head of Creative Center for Eco-design, a design & research center focusing on circular design & developments at Kasetsart University Architecture. He holds Doctor of Philosophy degree in Design Technology (Architecture) from MIT, USA. He is considered Thailand’s pioneer of circular design. His design evolves around sustainability concept as his research focuses on identifying patterns of technological innovation in sensible architecture.

Prizes

Earth Cuisine Project
A Lighter Delicacy
SOUJI
Aquaponics and Circular Economy on islands. Islandap Advanced Project
TômTex Biobased material
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Willemijn de Iongh

Willemijn de Iongh

Landscape Facilitator at Commonland

Willemijn de Iongh is a Landscape facilitator and connector experienced in helping regenerate degraded landscapes and communities. She works for Commonland which is an organisation involved in enabling long-term holistic landscape restoration using the 4 Returns approach. At Commonland, Willemijn connects landscape practitioners from across the world to exchange knowledge and become part of a growing movement through the 4 Returns community platform. Willemijn always carries colored pens on her and enjoys working out innovative ways forward in how we create more life-sustaining landscapes with regenerative businesses.

Prizes

ZERO EMISSION PROJECT 27/80
ZenZhou Water-Storing Seedling Pot
Practicing a circular economy model by utilizing forest resources in Hida Takayama
Kurokawa Onsen Area Community Compost Project
foodloop
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Akihiro Yasui

Akihiro Yasui

Representative of Circular Initiatives&Partners

Akihiro Yasui is a circular economy and sustainability researcher, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is a representative of Circular Initiatives & Partners and a member of the Global Future Council of the World Economic Forum. Akihiro holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability, Society and the Environment from the University of Kiel and published the book, “Circular Economy in Practice: A Business Model for the Netherlands” (June, 2021). He received the “Prime Minister’s Encouragement Award” at the 35th TOYP 2021, the National Youth Honor Awards. He organized over 50 events in the Netherlands for Japanese companies and local governments for introducing circular economy. He advises as an external counselor and workshop organizer for ministries, government agencies, and companies, and disseminates information through Japanese media.

Prizes

Earth Cuisine Project
Diaper Cycle
Bagasse UPCYCLE
TaiSugar Circular Village
KURADASHI
PASS THE BATON MARKET
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Yu Kato

Yu Kato

Founder at Harch Inc.

Yu is the CEO at Harch Inc., the Japanese online media company founded in 2015. The company’s most well-known media brand is “IDEAS FOR GOOD”, an online magazine covering creative sustainability ideas around the world, which won the Journalism X award in 2020. Besides it, Harch also provides “IDEAS FOR GOOD Business Design Lab”, a creative business unit supporting client's sustainability transformation, while running an online circular economy platform “Circular Economy Hub” and a local circular city initiative “Circular Yokohama”. After graduating the University of Tokyo, he was involved in developing an online news website focusing on sustainability. He is also the UK CMI Approved Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner.

Prizes

Bagasse UPCYCLE
TaiSugar Circular Village
Consumer Cotton Project
Tree Bank
Symbeeosis®
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Fumio Nanjo

Fumio Nanjo

N and A. International Art Consulting Office Representative Director, Mori Art Museum Special Advisor

Graduated from Faculty of Economics (1972) and Faculty of Letters (Philosophy, Aesthetics & Science of Arts, 1977), Keio University. Now a Senior Advisor of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (since January 2020). Nanjo formerly served as the Museum’s Deputy Director (2002-2006) and Director (2006-2019), after working for prominent cultural organizations such as the Japan Foundation (1978-1986), ICA Nagoya as the Director (1986-1990). Curator, Commissioner of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1997), Commissioner at the Taipei Biennale (1998), Artistic Co-Director of the Yokohama Triennale 2001, Artistic Director of the Singapore Biennale (2006 & 2008), General Director of Kenpoku Art 2016 (Ibaragi Pref., 2016) and the first Curatorial Director of Honolulu Biennale (2017). At the Mori Art Museum, the exhibitions Nanjo was actively involved in curating in recent years include: Future and the Arts: AI, Robot, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow (2019-2020).

Prizes

TaiSugar Circular Village
Volvo Living Seawall
BACK TO ORIGINAL : 2019 Hualien International Stone Workshop
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Tatsuya Takeda

Tatsuya Takeda

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. General Manager, Sustainability Promotion Office, Planning Department

Joined the bank in 1996. Worked in the Corporate Planning Dept., IT Innovation Dept., and then joined the Corporate Sustainability Dept., Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG) from April 2019. Current position effective from October 2020.

Prizes

Earth Cuisine Project
Bagasse UPCYCLE
NIKKO Circular Lab
Regenerative Forest -JINEN
Karimoku New Standard
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Tim Wong

Tim Wong

FabCafe Taipei / Loftwork Taiwan Co-founder

Tim was born in Hong Kong and lived in the US for 17 years. He relocated to Taiwan in 2008, because he believes Taiwan has the good opportunity to create a creative platform that cultivates innovative ideas and projects with creative talents from different background. Before co-foundin FabCafe Taipei in 2013 and Loftwork Taiwan in 2014, Tim has been an urban design practitioner for 7 years and worked on urban design projects across the US, Middle East, and various Asian cities. He graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design with dual Master degrees in Architecture and Urban Design.

Prizes

A Lighter Delicacy
KURADASHI
REstone
CIRCULAR ECONOMY CSA
CRUST Sustainable Unique Label
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Kalaya Kovidvisith

Kalaya Kovidvisith

FabCafe Bangkok Co-founder

Kalaya Kovidvisith is Co-founder of FabCafe Bangkok and Managing Director of FABLAB Thailand. She holds Master degree in Design and Computation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research interests focus on how digital fabrication and biotechnology reinforce the changing relationship in industry and create the new business model for the next design generation. Kalaya is Global Entrepreneur Summit Delegate of 2015 and Asia Pacific Weeks Berlin 2016.

Prizes

Green Road
nornnorn
Biopac
SOS - Food Rescue Program
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Kelsie Stewart

Kelsie Stewart

FabCafe CCO (Chief Community Officer)

Born in the United States, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology (2009) and a Masters of Arts in Religion (2015). Kelsie has been in the specialty coffee world as a barista and espresso trainer since 2008 and was introduced to FabCafe as an espresso trainer through coffee friends shortly after FabCafe’s opening in 2012. She joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017. Kelsie oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Prizes

botanical light
SOS - Food Rescue Program
Canari
SOUJI
Rice Husk Beach Toys
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Hiroki Tanahashi

Hiroki Tanahashi

Loftwork Inc. Innovation Maker

After graduating from Shibaura Institute of Technology, Hiroki Tanahashi worked as a marketing researcher and became involved in web production around 1999. From 2004, he was engaged in web strategy planning and the provision of consulting services based on human-centered design at Mitsue-Links Co., Ltd. From 2008, he shifted the focus of his work from web to products/services and was engaged in the consulting services for user research and interaction design at IID, Inc. In 2009, he was involved in supporting the development of new products/services and providing education programs to develop internal innovators for client companies at CoPro System Corporation. cIn 2013, he joined Loftwork Inc. He is in charge of providing support to clients in realizing innovations in their business activities, with emphasis in the area of service design. He has written “Design thinking-based approaches” and “After you’ve made a persona, what’s next?,” and co-written “Marketing 2.0.” His personal blog “DESIGN IT! w/LOVE” has been active since 2005.

Prizes

Regenerative Forest -JINEN
CIRCULAR ECONOMY CSA
Mana Earthly Paradise
Combing manure treatment and sustainable farming as integrated circular agriculture system
Co-Obradoiro Galego

What we want

Material

New and upcycled materials and processing technologies that disrupt the linear economy. Thoughtful products and services that make use of innovative materials. Activities which utilize sustainable materials in a clever way.

New design & application

Creative projects (products, apps, experience design, DX, services, educational programs, etc.) that provide new value in support of a circular economy. Designs which make us think, “This design should have been here all along!” or “This application makes it easy to be sustainable” are very welcome.

Impact

Projects that have a scalable impact beyond the city scale. Works that impact society, education, economy, supply chain management, manufacturing, etc. while building novel and collaborative relationships with various stakeholders.

Pledge

Cities and companies that have developed ESG and are committed to changing the way they do business with measurable, sustainable goals.

Summary

Submission period

August 4, 2021 (Wed) – October 22, 2021 (Fri)

Entrants

Anyone can apply regardless of nationality, age, or gender. Entry is open to the public and can include individuals, groups, municipalities, startups and/or established companies. Working professionals as well as students are welcome to apply.

Cost of entry

Free

How to enter

Entries for the awards should be submitted online using AWRD (“Award”) , a creators’ platform run by Loftwork Inc.

About Entries

(1) Brief description of the submitted work
(2) Images of the project and idea
(3) URL of a video introducing the work (under 5 minutes) *Optional
(4) Detailed explanation of the submitted work
(5) Keywords
(6) Profile

Selection Criteria

  • Does the work provide solutions to the challenges faced by society and business for activating a circular economy?
  • Does it have an overall positive and measurable impact on the environment?
  • Are the works creative? Do they show an insightful understanding of circular economy or novel collaborative relationships?

Prize

Five projects will be selected by each of the 18 Judges. We anticipate that 50 to 100 projects will receive their own personal Prize and recognition.

Who should apply

  • Companies, organizations, and local governments that are implementing or would like to implement the circular economy
  • Startups and designers who are working on circular projects and products

Merits

  • For each winning entry, the judges will give an evaluation on the points they found insightful about the work. These comments will be posted on Loftwork and FabCafe materials. (These comments will be considered as Creative Commons.)
  • Presentation of awards (PDF certificates)
  • Introduction on the Loftwork, FabCafe website and Social Media
  • Potential to be invited to the crQlr Summit to present and receive live feedback from judges

Schedule

crQlr Awards schedule
crQlr Awards schedule

Call for entry

Call for entry

AWRD.com is an online platform for launching design challenges. with 30,000 creative users, the platform will host the crQlr Awards.

The awards are open to both large-scale projects and planned ideas for the realization of the circular economy. The judges will be 19 guests of various nationalities, professions and roles.

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