International Scholarship Competition at Zollverein

screenshot_universal home competitionRegular readers of this blog have become aware of the fact that the Zollverein area (where among others the Zollverein School of management and design is located) is a huge structural transformation project.

Once the workplace for generations of miners and coking workers today Zollverein is the symbol of structural change in the Ruhr-area towards a creative center with the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen with its large collection of awarded products at the red dot design museum as well as the Zollverein School of management and design at the lead.

In May this year on behalf of the Zollverein Development Company (EGZ - Entwicklungsgesellschaft Zollverein) the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen awards 10 one year scholarships in the course of the international scholarship competition with the topic “Universal Home” – living spaces for all stages of life. This quote from the red dot website gives you a good idea what this competition is about:

“Universal Home” is about creating a living space which accommodates all stages of life. This is an important topic in times of a constantly aging society. Thus, a “Universal Home” will provide space for the first wobbly steps of a toddler as well as for the trend conscious and prestige oriented life of a well-off bachelor and the late years in the life of an older couple that is reliant on orthopedic aides.”

Those eligible for the scholarships are students who are about to take their diploma as well as design and architecture graduates from international universities. So What does this include?

  • 10 scholarships with 1,000 Euros per month for the duration of one year
  • 10 workplaces on the Zollverein premises
  • 10 travel cost subsidies
  • 10 publication subsidies to document the results
  • The scholarship runs from 1st October 2006 to 30st September 2007

Well, if you’re interested in participating you should hurry since scholarship applications have to be in English and have to be submitted to the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen by 1 June 2006. More Information on the competition and its purpose and goals can be found in this PDF (~ 90 KB) as well as at the competition website:

Good Luck!

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