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NewSchool Student Project Advances to Finals of Red Bull Competition

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San Diego—July 8, 2014—Four NewSchool of Architecture and Design students have been selected by Red Bull to compete July 8-12 in the Red Bull Creation Competition, a 72 hour innovation competition which challenges the nation’s best and brightest makers, hackers, and inventors to innovate around a secret topic.

The project, which developed in a fourth year Urban Issues class with Luisa Shultz, instructor at NewSchool of Architecture and Design, was selected as one of six finalists from across the country to compete against five well-established organizations. Competing under the name Tactical Urbanists, this was the only student group selected to compete. Julio A. Media, David Harrison, Anastasia Podolskaya, and Boyd Wheeler will travel to Detroit July 8-12 to participate in the competition. “Our theme is to activate space through problem solving derived from our urban background mixed with the challenges which will be faced from the competition and the location. With our architectural background, we have attained the ability to look at problems through a different lens than most. One of our greatest strengths is our ability to see hidden potentials in areas which most people would not recognize. Architectural studies have provided us with a diverse background of experience, which allows us to make connections across various topics,” said David Harrison, Co-Founder/Designer.

Tactical Urbanists will split the award evenly among the team and invest in finishing their final year at NewSchool of Architecture and Design. “We have organized this group with the ambition to continue developing urban tactics to respond to the issues of the communities of San Diego well into the future. We believe that this new collaboration we have formed will not only develop ourselves professionally, but also represent the importance of the NewSchool of Architecture and Design for the future of our urban environments.”

Support Tactical Urbanists by voting on Twitter or Instagram using, “#RBCreation”, “#myvote”, and #TacticalUrbanists now through Saturday, July 12 by 4 p.m. PT.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Located in downtown San Diego, NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NewSchool) prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. The school’s programs include architecture, construction management, product design and interior design. The school also offers programs in digital media arts, game art, game programming and animation. For the past two years, DesignIntelligence has ranked NewSchool among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States in its publication “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools.” The school’s design environment provides inspiration for the school’s students and faculty, recognized for their work regionally and internationally, and NewSchool students are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the school’s collaborations with award-winning schools around the world such as Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand. NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission. NewSchool’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). http://www.newschoolarch.edu/.

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