Thursday, February 01, 2007

Guess what!

I've been neglecting this little blog because I've been working on another blog (see previous entry) . That blog has been part of a competition entry for a design conference called Tasmeem. The competition is to identify an issue dealing with water and generate design solutions for the problem. I worked on the project with a friend and we focused on the 1.2 billion people who don't have access to a source of clean drinking water and the 6,000 children who die every day from a water-borne illness. It's a little outside the realm of interiors, but it was fun to apply what I've learned to another area of design.

I just found out that we won! The prize is all expense paid trip to Qatar for a sustainable design conference in March. The speakers are some of the best in the world - David Suzuki who spoke at Greenbuild, Cameron Sinclair the founder of Architecture for Humanity, Susan Szenasy the editor of Metropolis, and other architects and designers from around the world.

Yes, that's right! I'm going to Qatar! Where in the world is Qatar?! Here it is:

Yes, I know. It's in the Middle East. But the safe part of the Middle East. I promise.

Qatar has mosques . . .

. . . and luxury resorts . . .

. . . and camels . . .

. . . and this giant pearl.

It is also the home of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar who is sponsoring our visit.

I'm so excited!


Loralee Choate said...

Congrats! I know people who have gone there and loved it!

Watch out for the camels. They spit.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the win. I will see you there....

Alas I'm only flying in for a couple of days but will certainly check out your project.


Holly said...


I have to tell you how much I admire you and your work! You are a big reason why I entered this competition. I'm excited hear what you have to say and hope to have a chance to meet you.


Karen said...

Congratulations Holly! Your becoming quite the world traveler.