Industrial Design Capstone Project Recognized with International Award

The project transforms salvaged cedar into multipurpose street furniture.

Philadelphia University Industrial Design ’13 students Thomas Pigott and Michael Rodriguez were awarded the Cologne International Design Award for their senior capstone project entitled Preserving an Icon.

Rodriguez, left, and Pigott began the project with extensive research and detailed process mapping.

Their project, which transforms salvaged cedar from old rooftop water tanks in New York into multipurpose street furniture, will be featured in a show that opens at the Museum of Applied Arts in Cologne, Germany on Thursday, Oct. 24.

When awarding the prize, judges stated, “The two designers have impressively dealt with public furniture, researched and analyzed how people behave in public places and designed street furniture for different situations. This city furniture is mainly made of the weather-resistant cedar salvaged from the dismounted rooftop water tanks. In addition to the beautiful and meaningfully refined details, the work has a poetic dimension: An historic New York element is not disposed of, but transformed into a new New York element.”


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