via the University of Oregon
A University of Oregon landscape architecture student team defeated professional competitors to take first prize in a global innovation challenge to improve the food system, winning $10,000 and advancement to a prototype round. ASLA Oregon provided financial support to allow the students to attend the awards ceremony.
Winners in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge were announced by the Biomimicry Institute at an awards ceremony October 4 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The team now will be provided business incubation support and an opportunity to win $100,000 and move their design to production.
The UO team’s design, which would help farmers retain nutrients in soil while decreasing fertilizer use, was based in part on the earthworm’s digestive system and would improve soil health over time.
Team members Wade Hanson, Casey Howard, Matt Jorgensen, Alison Lewis, and Krisztian Megyeri were in a spring 2015 class taught by Department of Landscape Architecture Instructors Anne Godfrey and Emma Froh.