Lilah Lichtman ’21 Recognized Two Years in a Row in Cooper Hewitt National High School Design Competition

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Congratulations to sophomore Lilah Lichtman on receiving an Honorable Mention — second year in a row! — for her product design in Cooper Hewitt’s 2019 National High School Design Competition!

Each year, students from around the country are challenged to design a solution to a unique scenario inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s rich collection and stimulating exhibitions. This year’s competition asked students what they would design (or redesign) that is a nature-based solution to a global project.

Lilah designed Podcone, a temporary, weather-responsive shelter that aids a community in disaster relief. “As climate change continues to wreak havoc, there will be more frequent natural disasters with greater consequences,” says Lilah. “In the aftermath, when communities are displaced from their homes, they need immediate shelter. Pinecones are made of cellulose, which swells when it’s cold and/or wet outside, closing the scales of the cone. Podcone mimics this process, keeping the person inside warm and dry.”

The Podcone poster Lilah designed for the competition will be on exhibit at Cooper Hewitt and on cooperhewitt.org. Click here to learn more about Lilah’s product and the competition.

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