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Mark Hemphill dreamed up this wild and whimsical water park to reward an adventurous sense of play, promising to convert riders’ exploration of new ways of moving into enchantment and a calming flow. Propelled by their own muscle power, harness-wearing riders follow a track of bent I-beams that undulates, like a 3-D zipline, along twists and turns that prompt riders to sway their bodies to overcome the path’s resistance before they can soar freely through the downhill portions. This swaying motion triggers feelings of being “in the zone,” similar to such sports as skiing, skateboarding and rollerblading.

Project: Wiggle Theory

School: Savannah College of Art and Design, U.S.

Team: Mark Hemphill with Christopher Dowell and Sanaz Karbasi

Wiggle Theory
In this year’s AZ Award submissions, design students in the U.S. and Poland caught the jury's eye with projects that include an inventive baseball field and a concept for a wild water park.

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2021
People’s ChoiceA+ Award for Student Work
Location
Lawrence, U.S.
Team
Abbie Ford, Abby Eleeson, Ace Brown, Brady Whitehill, Casey Chura, Dakota Tubbs, Gabby Foster, Jack Swezy, Jean-Marc Juston, Kaitlin Hoines, Kelly Schorn, Leah Ferrara, Lindsey Freund, Maddy Irwin, Maggy Dickherber, Nate Hulse, Norah Swift, Riley Estrada, Ryan Everson, Tiffany Nguyen and Vinny Hyunh
School
University of Kansas (Instructor: Dan Rockhill, Studio 804)
2014
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Designer
Rowan Liivamägi, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, British Columbia
2016
People’s Choice
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
School
OCAD University, Canada
Team
Kristoffer Paolo Aguila with faculty advisor Angelika Seeschaaf Veres