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SPACING: Toronto designers wins Chicago recycle bin contest

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In the summer of 2005, the American Institute of Architects/Chicago Young Architects Forum called for design submissions for an ecologically intelligent urban recycling container for downtown Chicago. The reThink/reDesign/reCycle competition received proposals for a varied selection of innovative containers described in the event program with words like ‘sculptural’, ‘memorable’ and ‘symbolic’.

The winner design of the competiton, the EcoTrio (pictured at right), came from Toronto-based designer Amanda Smith and her Chicago-based partner Deborah Kang. With the mess Toronto currently finds itself in with the EUCAN monster bins, I find this news a tad ironic.

Spacing invited Ms. Smith to write about her experience with the reThink/reDesign/reCycle contest and her comments on Toronto’s recycling bin SNAFU. You can find it here in this week’s article feature.