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NTUST crowns Taiwan's first in iF Design Talent Award 2022

Famed in the field of design as its oscar-equivalent, the iF Design has recently announced the winners of the iF design talent award 2022. NTUST holds nine award-winning student projects, among which is the “Farmland Guardian” whose designer NTUST design major Chien-Chen Lai received the highest prize money of 8,000 euros or approximately 250 thousand NTD.


Germany’s iF design award is one of the titles the world’s excelling design students compete for. Setting the 17 UN-adopted sustainable development goals or SDGs as the central theme, the iF design award received over 6,400 submissions, of which 85 earned distinction. The awarding ceremony will be hosted in Valencia, Spain. Via official confirmation, NTUST bears the greatest number of awarded submissions and prize sum, achieving outstanding performance among the competing nations and schools in iF Design Talent Award 2022.


NTUST design major Chien-Chen Lai mentioned that the economic harm and food crises locust plagues have caused in the Middle East and Africa served as inspiration when designing Farmland Guardian, an agricultural equipment that attracts locusts and converts them into fertilizer through bionic nepenthes. To provide a compact system which reduces the damage locust plague deals to the local environment and community, the machine generates power mechanically from pedaling and is created from bamboo material for its sturdy, renewable properties.

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▲ Chien-Chen Lai designs Farmland Guardian that attracts locusts and converts them into fertilizer through bionic nepenthes. 

Tung-Jung Sung, dean of the College of Design at NTUST, states that the iF design talent award evaluates submissions based on five entries: problem-solving, economic calculation, moral-ethical standards, beneficial experience, and solidarity. Besides congratulating the awarded students as well as their advising professors, the dean personally appreciates the principal and his colleagues whose immense support allowed students to enjoy their creative work. He hopes that the awarded projects will be materialized in the near future to fulfill the purpose of design of benefiting mankind.


NTUST principal Jia Yush Yen stated that the distinguished accomplishments and impressive design abilities of NTUST design students has demonstrated NTUST’s efforts in establishing sustainable development goals for local communities and industries. The principal also wishes that NTUST students can grow beyond their status quo and create their own purposes and values.


Furthermore, architecture majors Chih-Yun Tseng, Chen-Hsuan Lee, and Han-Yu Lai’s “Sensory Healing Behavioral Health Clinic” and Chao Chun Kung’s “Organic purify blocks” both were awarded prize money of 3,000 euros or approximately 94 thousand NTD. Their advisor is associate professor Yan Ting Chen. The remaining 6 awarded projects are as follows: “FireLine,” “Mispoon,” “E-Yes Amblyopia Trainer,” “Anti-Glare Parametric Façade,” “VOLCCUM: Avoid volcanic eruption pollutant diffuse,” and “Pavilion of Ecosystem.”

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▲Chih-Yun Tseng, Chen-Hsuan Lee, and Han-Yu Lai’s “Sensory Healing Behavioral Health Clinic”

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▲ Chao Chun Kung’s “Organic purify blocks” both were awarded prize money of 3,000 euros or approximately 94 thousand NTD

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