Nominated for Unique Youngstar Design Contest at spoga+gafa 2013: Fleet by Carolin Thieme

15 design projects by young talents are nominated for the unique youngstar award 2013. The theme of this year’s competition is “outdoor living”.

The nominated projects will be exhibited at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa in Cologne, from September 8th to 10th. Between now and spoga+gafa we will introduce  the nominees in the garden unique category of this blog.


  • By: Carolin Thieme, Halle (Saale), Germany
  • Material: Concrete
  • Size: 3 x 40 x 34 cm

Fleet is a floor covering that is inspired by the Wadden Sea in northern Germany. It takes up the structure of the muddy bottom of the sea and its naturally formed grooves can function as drain for rainwater. The tiles are formed hexagonally and coated with a sealant, so that water cannot get into the concrete. The floor covering can be used in public spaces like pedestrian zones.

The winners of the competition will be announced in Hall 10.2 of the koelnmesse in Cologne on September 8th 2013 at 5 p.m. during the unique hour event. There will be three prizes awarded by a jury and an audience award which will be determined by online vote at

Greenest Games ever: World First for London 2012

The entire London 2012 Olympic Park development has achieved dual Project Certification from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) schemes for its timber usage — the first dual Project Certification in the world.

This groundbreaking achievement in sustainable timber procurement has played a prominent role in helping the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) achieve its commitment of making the London 2012 Olympic Games the greenest games ever with 100% of wood products supplied certified as legal and sustainable.

The project certification ceremony took place on 28 March at the Olympic Park Site with certificates presented to Dr. Peter Bonfield, Head of Construction Products at the ODA and Noah Bold, Park Operations Environment & Sustainability Manager, by the Soil Association.

The development was audited by the Soil Association’s Woodmark and is being hailed as a major achievement that is potentially destined to be a future model for timber procurement globally. The scheme also saw a unique and important partnership role played by both PEFC and FSC to make sure that the levels of legal and sustainable timber procured by the ODA achieved the highest possible target. Woodmark said the project was a ‘world first’ for certification of such a huge and complex site.

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