Semester 1, 2013

With Judith Glover

Key words: Sustainable Design, Sustainable Development, Product Design innovation, User-Centred Design, prototyping

Activist designer Paul Pollack (2007) states in Design for the Other 90% that:
“Ninety-five percent of the world’s designers focus all of their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest ten percent of the world’s customers.”
This studio looks at the work of Pollack and others in addressing the needs of the other 90% of humanity that live outside affluent nations. The studio will be situated in the neighbouring country of Timor-Leste (East Timor). The class will be briefed by visiting lecturers conducting developmental research in Timor-Leste who are able to give insights into local conditions. Students will create affordable, practical, locally orientated products specifically designed to answer the needs of these communities in addressing problems of health, food, security, transport, housing and other areas. Students will create working prototypes and justify the design based on in-depth research and a user-centred design approach.

Students will focus projects on issues of transportation, shelter, education, health, food production, water scarcity and personal security amongst other topics.

During the semester students will gain an understanding of Sustainable Design and Development concepts and methods that will form a knowledge base for any future Sustainable Design projects.

Feature image © Kelly Lau, 2o13