Philadelphia University’s Industrial Design students launched the 10th annual one-week “Sprint” challenge in collaboration with industry sponsor Armstrong World Industries. Armstrong’s team of marketing, design and engineering experts asked the students to develop new acoustical ceiling systems for use in a higher education facility. “We told the students: we want you to bring what’s new, what you think is cool, imaginative and functional into a space,” explained Lissa Casanova, Associate Marketing Manager for Armstrong.
Exactly one week later, students presented their designs to a panel of judges for review. In their projects, students were required to incorporate one of four design trends: vertical divide/blades; modular geometry; discontinuous ceilings; and/or low relief/3D. The components had to be be integrated into either one of Armstrong’s existing platforms, or a new platform created by the student team. Students incorporated information on the industry sponsor, acoustics, fire codes, environmental impact and materials into their final presentations.