Issaquah student is among finalists in Boston waterfront design contest
March 26, 2013
Western Washington University sophomore Tai Geng, of Issaquah, and a team of five other industrial design majors at Western are among 20 finalists out of 170 entries from around the world still competing in Boston’s Street Seats Design Challenge.
As part of an independent study with professor of Engineering Technology Arunas Oslapas, the students designed a concept for a park bench for the Fort Point Channel in South Boston’s Innovation District. Judges for the event consist of Boston business owners, industry professionals and design experts.
The team now must build a full-sized model of their design, called “Cleat,” and transport it to Boston, using grants from the contest’s sponsors. The top design team will win a $5,000 grand prize and two runner-ups will receive $2,000.
“They worked exceptionally well as a team, handled criticism well, and moved the design proposal forward each week with new iterations and improvements,” Oslapas said. “I am not surprised that they are finalists in the competition.”
All semifinalists will have their work installed around Fort Point Channel in South Boston, and the winner will be chosen after an eight-month evaluation period.
Geng graduated from Issaquah High School in 2010, and is studying Industrial Design at Western.