The carbon in our bodies can account for as much as 20% of our body weight. Excluding water, carbon makes up more than one-half of the composition of our body.
The earth was once covered in carbon dioxide. The first living creatures used the power of the sun to form their bodies from this massive amount of carbon. Plants continued this method, and today we live amid carbon that has accumulated since prehistoric times. Many of the natural materials we use every day are compounds of carbon; wood, paper, cloth, leather, and plastics made from fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. Creatures ingested carbon from the atmosphere to make these natural materials.
We also use a wide range of materials formed exclusively from carbon, such as diamonds, pencil lead, carbon fibers, and the toner used in copy machines. New materials such as carbon nanotubes are also attracting attention.
The theme of this competition is carbon?a building block of life. This does not mean we are looking solely for charcoal designs. All materials containing carbon?such as paper, cloth, various plastic products, wood, and gas or gasoline?are acceptable. Please try designing a lifestyle that incorporate carbon, thinking about where the carbon came from and where it will go after use.
Objects used in the office, home, or public spaces
- Stationery (include household items)
- Furniture (only chairs)