Industrial Design Ecologies
Thursday 2:30pm-5:30pm
Areli Avendano

This course will explore the role of design in maternal wellbeing in the context of humanitarian scenarios through a series of readings and videos, in-class presentations and discussions. Using a systemic design approach (Human Centred Design + Systems thinking), you will propose a comprehensive service or strategy for an area of your choice in maternal wellbeing (hunger, poverty, health crisis, education, sanitation, etc) towards sustainability.

The IMMATERIAL SIDE OF DESIGN (ISoD) aims to challenge pre-existing notions about the role of design by moving away from material-based solutions to systems-thinking solutions. ISoD will guide you through a process of [re] framing design problems and rethink how design can create permanent, environmentally and socially sustainable strategies. You will become a facilitator for relevant change through understanding of the systems in place and local needs as opposed to being a problem solver proposing inadequate solutions for communities.

In partnership with a group of Melbourne-based Service Designers, this course will give you mentoring into how to develop and use your design skills to innovative in the real world. As a team, you will select a humanitarian scenario and will respond to the question: What can design do for improving maternal wellbeing in a sustainable way?

Maternal health is a key Millennium Sustainability Development Goal (WHO 2020):

“Improving maternal health is key to saving the lives of more than half a million women who die as a result of complications from pregnancy and childbirth each year. Almost all these deaths could be prevented if women in developing countries had access to adequate diets, safe water and sanitation facilities, basic literacy and health services during pregnancy and childbirth. Hunger and malnutrition have been found to increase both the incidence and the fatality rate of the conditions that cause up to 80 percent of maternal deaths (FAO 2020).”

As an outcome you will map out a service proposition or strategy to address key needs of mothers using empathy and cultural sensitivity. This will include the documentation of key needs and stakeholders as well as local priorities and available resources.