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Green Good Design Awards 2016


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS….MAY 15, 2017. The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies jointly announce the winning buildings and product designs from a special edition of the GOOD DESIGN® Awards program for 2017.

For 2017, 100 product design, graphics, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning projects, together with visionary leaders, were awarded GREEN GOOD DESIGN from 23 nations. Under the banner, “Build A Better World Now,” designs for buildings and products that emphasize the most advanced “Green Approach” and the most sophisticated methods and technology to make the most positive impact on the environment were cited and awarded.

The 2017 GREEN 100 awarded building and product designs can be viewed at The Chicago Athenaeum’s website:

On May 1, 2017, the Green 100 are featured in an exhibition: 100% Sustainable: Green Good Design 2017, at The European Centre’s Museum, Contemporary Space Athens (74 Mitropoleos Street, Athens, Greece) and continuing through May 22.

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, GOOD DESIGN remains the oldest and most established awards program for the most innovative and visionary new product design worldwide. For almost 60 years now, the Award has been given to everything and anything from a NASA space ship to a paper clip. In 2016, over 900 new product designs and graphics from over 48 nations were recognized with the distinguished GOOD DESIGN Award. The world’s most prominent FORTUNE 500 companies use the GOOD DESIGN logo in the branding of their products, which has become a strong and effective mark of public recognition of Design Excellence globally.

Now, 67 years after the founding of GOOD DESIGN, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies continues a special edition of GREEN GOOD DESIGN to focus on the most important new international products and buildings and construction and planning projects that are leading the global way to a design that is fully sustainable and compatible with the highest standards of good environment.

This year, the program received hundreds of submissions from over 35 countries. A jury composed of The European Centre's International Advisory Committee selected 100 new buildings and product designs from 23 nations as a new design direction for an even greater, more heightened awareness to protect the world’s natural resources and the manufacturing and end-user’s growing concerns for a healthy ecology and human environment. Conserve, reuse, retrofit, and recycle are prominent themes running across each awarded new product and building design.

“This program,” states Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President, The Chicago Athenaeum, dramatically indicates that the Green Movement is in full momentum worldwide—from Singapore to Vietnam to New York. Architects and designers are quickly developing more and more interesting solutions to meet a more sustainable future."

For 2017, awarded buildings, urban plans, and products from the following nations include: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Bhutan, Korea, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, and The United States.

More impressive is the list of visionary companies and industrial design firms producing state-of-the-art appliances, automotive products, kitchens, housewares, fixtures, building products, electronics, lighting, floorcovering, office furniture by such leading global firms as Grohe, American Standard, Tupperware, Rosenthal, Snaidero, Franz Kaldewei GmbH & Co. KG., Merrychef Ltd., Allsteel, Teknion Corporation, and Micro Mobility Systems AG.

Leading governments, universities, and institutions were also honored: The University of Arkansas, City of St. Petersburg, Florida, Cornell University, Washington University, Battery Park City Authority, University of Pennsylvania, Howard Hughes Corporation, Housing & Development Board, Singapore, City of Knokke-Heist, Belgium, University of California at Merced, University of California Berkeley, Rocky Mountain Institute, US Coast Guard, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Stanford University, University of Nantes, and City of Amsterdam.

Under Reseach/Technology, WestonWilliamson+Partners, London, Great Britain were honored for their TOD - Transport Oriented Development for the City of London. The CleanRome Awareness Campaign by Alessandro Loschiavo and Marco Paiani, Italy in association with Aliantedizioni SpA and Liceo Ginnasio di E. Montale, Rome, Italy under the catagory of Green Corporations.

The Green GOOD DESIGN winners are featured in an upcoming book entitled GOOD DESIGN 2016-2017, which is published by Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. Copies of the book can be ordered through The European Centre in Athens, Greece by contacting Konstadina Geladaki at

For photographs, publication, and exhibition information, contact Fachanan Conlon at TEL/FAX: +353/(0)1-670 8781 or by email at

The deadline for GREEN GOOD DESIGN 2018 is October 1, 2017. For more information, or

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Photos of the 2016 American Prize for Design are available for download. For more details on the award and previous winners, visit The European Centre’s website at

About The Chicago Athenaeum ( is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide public education about the significance of architecture and design and how those disciplines can have a positive effect on the human environment.

About The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies ( is dedicated to public education concerning all aspects of the built environment - from entire cities to individual buildings - including the philosophical issues of arts and culture that ultimately give the nal shape to design. A high emphasis exists on contemporary values and aesthetics, conservation and sustainability, and the theoretical exploration and advancement of art and design as the highest expression of culture and urbanism.

The Green Good Design Awards© 2017 by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Center together with Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.
May 15, 2017
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