Most Read on Passport Economies in 2016

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2016 has been a challenging year for the global economy, with two major political shocks in advanced economies – the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. In economic terms, the year has been defined by uncertainty, and consumers have reacted to this by reducing expenditure – with growth in global consumer expenditure slowing to 2.4% in real terms – the lowest rate of growth since the financial crisis. Our macro model was the focus of our economic analysis with the uncertainty facing the global economy highlighting the need to explore alternative growth scenarios.

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Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations

by Hannah Furlong

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Two design challenges are back and accepting new entries for products designed to help enable a sustainable future.

The non-profit H&M Foundation is accepting applications for the second edition of its Global Change Award through October 31st, 2016. The competition is seeking early stage ideas that present new circular approaches for the fashion industry – whether by changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used, or recycled – by adding disruptive technology or using a new business model.

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Pictoplasma Festival 2016: Call for Submissions

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The 2016 Pictoplasma Festival is calling for submissions to be featured as part of the official 2016 Festival screening programs. The Pictoplasma Festival brings freshly hatched characters to the big screen, whisking the audience around the world in newly curated programmes of selected eye-candy, psychedelia, and outstanding storytelling, with many of the international studio and filmmakers present for Q&A rounds after each screening. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2016.

Read more: conference.pictoplasma.com

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SPD 51: Editorial Design Competition

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The Society of Publication Designers is seeking entries for its 51st Annual Competition. The contest recognizes and promotes the best in editorial design, photography and illustration in print and digital mediums. SPD 51 is open worldwide to editorial publications of any genre, including all newsstand publications, newspaper magazines, trade, custom publishing, educational/ institutional, special interest publications, and Independent/ self-published magazines with a circulation under 20,000. There are two rounds of judging over a period of three days. All pieces selected by the jury during the second round of judging are either Merit or Medal Award winners, and included in the PUB 51 Annual. During the second round, judges vote on the Gold Awards for Excellence, the Silver Awards for Distinctive Achievement, and the finalists for Brand of the Year and Magazine of the Year. The Silver and Gold Medals, along with the Brand of the Year and Magazine of the Year Award winners, will be presented at the SPD Awards Gala on May 6, 2016. The deadline for submissions is January 15, with a late deadline of January 29.

Read more: spd.org

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James Beard Foundation 2016 Restaurant Design Awards

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The James Beard Foundation is calling for entries for its 2016 Restaurant Design Awards. The Restaurant Design Awards were established by the James Beard Foundation in 1994 and have become highly coveted by hospitality designers nationwide. Any restaurant project that was completed or redone in North America since January 2013 is eligible. “The JBF Restaurant Design Awards are truly the Oscars of restaurant design,” commented design committee chair James Biber. “There is no better place to receive your winning award than in front of the largest gathering of the most important restaurateurs, chefs and food experts in America. The esteemed jury, the spectacular Gala, the honor role of previous winners and the importance of the James Beard Foundation in the American food landscape make this the award program to enter.” The Restaurant Design Awards are comprised of two categories: Restaurants of 76 seats and over, and Restaurants of 75 seats and under. The deadline for entries is January 29, 2016.

Read more: jamesbeard.org

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eVolo 2016 Skyscraper Competition

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eVolo Magazine has launched the 2016 Skyscraper Competition, open to architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. The competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city. The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl. There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage the project without constraints in the most creative way. What is a skyscraper in the 21st century? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these mega-structures? The deadline for registration is November 17, with a late deadline of January 19, 2016. read more: evolo.us

Read more: http://www.evolo.us/competition/registration-2016-skyscraper-competition/

Competition eVolo 2016 Skyscraper Competition deadline Jan 19, 2016

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