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NewSchool benches featured in art fair

NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students have developed a 12-foot-high modular bench design on display at the Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair 2013, being held through Sunday in San Diego's Balboa Park Activity Center.

The 40 benches, produced by the students through a collaboration with Art San Diego, incorporate sustainable design practices and materials and can be reconfigured to suit the changing needs and ambience of the fair's center lounge area, NewSchool officials said.

“NewSchool of Architecture and Design students have a reputation for coming up with creative and relevant designs that enhance our communities through sustainable design approaches,” said Ann Berchtold, founder and director of Art San Diego. “The students involved in this project demonstrated a professional-level commitment to working on this collaborative project, resulting in this innovative and delightful modular bench design for the fair's center lounge area that demonstrates the sustainable future of temporary events like ours.”

This project underscores the opportunities available to students at NSAD to put into practice sustainable design practices that are emphasized through the school's programs, officials said.

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