Cut&Paste's Design Slam competition produces three winners

09 December 2008

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Attendees were energised and inspired during the debut of the Autodesk University (AU) Design Slam, a 3D live design competition. David Fano, Craig Barbieri and Henry Goeke were crowned winners of the competition in the categories of Architecture: 'Less AND More', Architecture: 'Less is More' and Industrial Design: 'Watch This', respectively. AU Design Slam, presented by Cut&Paste, is a live, on-stage design competition where contestants employ Autodesk software, quick-witted design and high-energy showmanship to create digital designs.

Fano's design of a modern, collective social dwelling on the East River of New York secured his first place win in the Architecture: 'Less AND More' category; Barbieri's design of a complement building to the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe garnered him first place in the Architecture: 'Less is More' category; while Goeke's design of a present-day watch for the 16-25 age group secured his first place win in the Industrial Design: 'Watch This' category. The contestants, who are in Las Vegas attending Autodesk University 2008, energised the crowd with their upbeat and compelling designs.

Inspired by the success of Cut&Paste's annual Digital Design Tournament, the AU Design Slam adapted this fast-paced format to test the skill, speed and stage presence of the contestants as they create original designs in rounds of 20 minutes, while their work is shown in real time on large-scale projections.

Phil Bernstein, FAIA, Autodesk vice president of industry strategy and relations and Design Slam judge, says: "It was astonishing to watch architects, engineers and designers demonstrate building information modelling and digital prototyping in front of a live audience. While all the competitors demonstrated impressive mastery of 3D design, the winning submissions by Fano, Barbieri and Goeke were selected because of their artistic approach to innovative design."

About Cut&Paste

Cut&Paste is a social arena for the discovery, advocacy and elevation of design. It lives as a global movement of artists, firms and media working to strengthen creative networks through events and local support. Born in New York City in November 2005, Cut&Paste's signature event is the Digital Design Tournament, held live throughout the world each year. The 2009 tour is scheduled to take place in 16 cities around the globe. Cut&Paste additionally powers design-driven contests and events within the industry. Learn more about Cut&Paste at

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