Portuguese American Journal

Contest: ‘Dream on Amazing’ will bring students to Portugal – Columbus, OH

Students at Horizon Science Academy Columbus High, based in Columbus, Ohio, and Catholic University of America, are participating in the ‘Global Sustainable Design’ initiative, ‘Dream on Amazing’, that aims at bringing together international Students, Architects, and Space entities around one very intriguing question: can we be inspired by Mars to create a more sustainable future for Earth? 

According to the initiative, sponsored by the Portugal based cork flooring company Amorim Cork Flooring, the designs are mentored and developed alongside university students from Catholic University of America, and will be assessed by how well they incorporate and balance minimal environmental impact, concept consistency, and appealing futuristic designs.  

The designs are presented to a jury panel composed of global Architectural Studios, where New York-based studios Desai Chia Architecture will act as the USA representative, and Space entity representatives.

The Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School is just one of the participating high-schools in this global initiative – spanning several European countries, the United States and Canada – to submit their applications for what they think the “Future Classroom” should be.  

The best-performing teams will get the chance to visit to the land of cork, Portugal to learn about this material’s origins and production process at Amorim Cork Flooring. They will also receive a brand-new Mars cork flooring for their school, to be applied to a room of their choice: a fitting final practical test to these students’ theoretical ingenuity. 

During the development phase, the students and their teacher applied their creative designs using cork as one of the required sustainable materials to use. Expectations are that students test cork’s potential to combine design, performance, and sustainability, while literally pushing this age-old material to the New Frontier. With this combination in place, cork promises to define a new age in interior design, offering natural beauty and innovative, futuristic, and sustainable solutions. 

In its pilot edition, the ‘Dream on Amazing’ initiative aims at raising awareness for World’s environmental needs in key target demographics, while leveraging brilliant young minds to find Mars-inspired and Earth-ready solutions towards a better future for all. The best designs will be revealed on April 15th.  

Based in Columbus, OH, the Horizon Science Academy is a public charter school enrolling 500 students in grades 9 through 12. The school opened in the fall of 1999 and graduated its first senior class in 2002.

The Portuguese “sobreiro”, the most emblematic tree of Portugal [Quercus Suber or Subgenus Quercus, for cork tree] was named the “National Tree of Portugal,” unanimously approved by a parliamentary resolution, sharing the honor of national symbol with the Portuguese flag and the national anthem.

The biggest cork producer in the world, Portugal produces about half the world output of commercial cork, and its exports over recent years have accounted for around 70 percent of world trade. In 2020, Portugal exported $1.12B in Cork and articles of cork. The main destinations of Portugal exports on cork and articles of cork were United States ($225M), France ($197M), Spain ($148M), Italy ($107M), and Germany ($86.9M).

Source: Dream Amazing

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