Martha Thorne is the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and Dean of the IE School of Architecture & Design, part of the innovative IE University in Madrid/Segovia. Since 2015 she has been a friend of the We Are Water Foundation and was recently a member of the judges’ panel at the One Day Design Challenge in Shanghai.
Creative ideas do not always come to us right when we need them. Furthermore, they sometimes appear at unearthly hours or in the most unusual places. But there are specific times in which we need to open a window to creativity, regardless of how blocked it is, and we need to let talent flow. But we are not alone… There are countless creativity techniques and tools that can help us develop new ideas, solve problems or establish a path we had not identified before.
Pau Moltó was the winner of the 2016 edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge in Spain. His Kenchikuka Toilet earned the recognition of the jury due to the originality of his proposal, a packable toilet designed to meet the needs of the present nomadic generation with frequent changes of address.
Sustainability is a priority for Roca, and we see this in the research and resources devoted to achieve a more rational use of water. For this reason, the company implements increasingly more measures, both in the manufacturing processes and in the use of its products, to decrease the environmental effects, and the reduction of the water consumption is one of the most important ones.
The winners of the One Day Design Challenge Spain 2016 edition took part in a Manual Thinking workshop, led by Tomoko Sakamoto, as part of Roca’s best interest to further develop young talent and creativity.
A number of years have gone by since Alexandra Barrachina won the first prize along with David Navais at the One Day Design Challenge in 2012 with their project Mybowl, a light and compact bathroom furniture unit, easy to carry and which can be connected to any drain, conceived for urban nomads who constantly change from one apartment to another.
Interview with Tomoko Sakamoto, Japanese architect in charge of carrying out the Manual Thinking workshop for the winners of the Spanish edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge 2016.
Roca One Day Design Challenge, exploring in more detail its goal of promoting talent as a value and design and innovation as tools for the future among young professionals and students, wishes to take a step further and become an open and continuous platform that spreads news of the winners and collaborators of the competition.