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Quebec industrial designers look to South Korea for inspiration

1_blogue_dikini_portrait.jpgEugénie Manseau and Philippe Carreau are partners at the industrial design studio Dikini.

They were recently awared 2012 Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant. The $10,000 award will allow them to travel to Seoul, South Korea to study public space and urban furniture.

"Seoul is an digital city and that really interests us. We want to go there and see which technologies are really helping citizens," says Manseau.

For example, she says there are light posts and bus shelters that act as internet "hotspots".

A "data cloud" around a piece of public furniture has information about public transit scedules, weather, and local news. As well, members of the public can contibute to the data cloud.

dikini2.jpgSeoul is a mega-city of over 10-million people, so the designers say they will have to carefully consider how design done there would translate to cities here.

"We want to develop a critical reflection and bring it back here."

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Eugénie Manseau and Philippe Carreau.

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