Theme: Social Innovation and Service Design
My practice is in the area of sustainability – which I articulate as the development of projects that look at material and systemic sustainability in Industrial Design Projects. A lot of these projects are speculative and propositional so located in the future. I work with a set of defined methods and strategies to think through the projects and develop the solutions. In recent years I have seen the amplification of the social dimension in my projects – and I have also seen the outcomes of the projects as social innovations. Often I have seen the projects become new, viable and self sustaining business ventures – which are social entrepreneurship ventures. I campaign for a dematerialised world and therefore privilege service design – which in recent days has seen me move towards interaction design which is needed in the development of and delivery of services.
I see two kinds of students in the studio. One with clear projects ( developed in Research Methods) and others who can; one, quickly come up with a project idea in the area of sustainability, or two, work on a project within my Urban Laboratory research grant project. This latter is titled NGINGO and is a cluster of projects making up a full scheme for a ecologically closed-system university campus – this is a live project.
Therefore the topic spread will look like this:
1. Individual project
2. Ngingo Project (12 design projects)
1. Student allocation: my preferred option is student centered and therefore student selects.
2. Calendar – Week 3 (end research), week 6 (at risk check) and week 8 for closure (presentation of digital finals), week 8 to 15 is for execution/ making.
3. Deliverables – digital-model, folio-report, 3D model-prototype
4. Day – Thursday Morning
5. Project – Individual project or Themed studio (Ngingo)
6. Learning Contract – the student specifies their schedule (3-6-8-15)
7. Online record (developing a byline) – wordpress ( this is web2.0 and develops students’ online publishing capability), firefox with addons (scribefire, delicious, vodpod)
ProBono Design (campaign 1)
Additionally – All students would volunteer for a design submission for a bushfire-safe bunker – full scheme to be submitted in week 2. This is something they do alongside the project – and is something I am doing with Architects for Peace.
This is the subject of a UL grant application and is a cluster of concerns in the area of modelling sustainable solutions. Sitting behind the application is a live project for a university campus in India – thus a potential trip to India to present the work/ exhibit it(sem 2 NID exchange student will work on the exhibition design ).
1. Ecosphere (6 projects) – AUD in context, description of the campus environment in India
a. No sewage pipe – extreme water use challenge
i. Clothing care
ii. Washing, cooking and cleaning
b. Zero waste – no garbage out of campus
c. Energy – self sufficiency
d. Food – Urban agriculture
e. Subterranean bunkers – cool room
f. Transport – No personal vehicles and sharing
2. Social Innovation (3 options) – entrepreneurship incubator
a. Food – Local food, student food
3. Car and car sharing (1 option)
4. Bushfire Bunker (1 option)
5. Diabetes (1 option)