Sustainable Design – Ecology, Culture and Human Built Worlds

Poster Printing and Sustainability Festival

Hi everyone,

Here's a roundup of some key info from our last workshop:

POSTERS. Submit your A1 sized posters tomorrow morning, so we can send them for printing tomorrow afternoon. Please try to keep the file size low enough to send by email (under 20MB) and if you can't, let us know soon and we will try to solve it.

YOUR POSTER DISPLAY. You will need to be at your poster/display table from 10-12:30. Arrive at around 9:30 to give yourselves time to set up the table and posters, etc. We will visit you every table with Prof. Tuula Eriksson btw 10-11:30 and discuss your design project, ask questions about decisions you made. Everyone in your Design Group needs to be present for this visit, and at least two of you need to be with your poster the whole time. This day, along with your submitted Design Project Portfolio and Individual Insight short paper, form last of the assessment in the course.

THE REST OF THE FESTIVAL. Check out the schedule online at http://www.csduppsala.uu.se/2015/cemuse-sustainability-festival

or on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/368335716624291/

All the best,

Alejandro & Lakin

 

 

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Final Class This Week: Workshop 3 including course evaluation and final discussion

Hi everyone,

This week is our final class together. It's been quite a trip so far! As you know it's not quite over - we'll finish with a great day on Thursday the 28th.

This Wednesday during regular class time we be working on your poster design, and showing some examples of various poster designs, including some student work from last year. We will also take part in a final course evaluation including both an active and written evaluation which is really important to the course and gives us all a closing to our work together.

PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPUTER IF POSSIBLE.

This is the first and only time in this whole course we use this word explicitly but it's important you know that... this workshop is compulsory (mandatory, non-skippable, must-be-there, your life depends on it)!  :)

See you there,Alejandro & Lakin

 

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Update Meeting

Hello everyone,

Time is running fast and the Design Project is more than half way through! During the last weeks you have been working in your design project and there are still a few weeks left before you will submit your poster and the final portfolio. As you saw during the Peer Review 2, different groups are in different points in the process and that’s fine. However, it is time to consider what is left for you to do and decide how and when you are going to do it.

Read and explore the points 6 and 7 of the Design Project to get more inspiration, and remember that you have tools and exercises for idea generation, etc. in the Design Project Space that you can use.

As we told you during Peer Review 2, next Wednesday, May 13th, we will have the Update Meeting with the examiner, Tuula Ericsson, professor in Landscape Design and Architecture, and with a lot of experience working with design projects. She will be with us to know what you are doing and to be familiar with your projects before the Sustainability Festival. She won’t be there to examine you during the Update Meeting but to give you feedback in your process. See her as a valuable resource to solve doubts and improve your design process. She will be from 10 to 15 minutes with each group and she will make suggestions and comments. As you have been doing during the Peer Reviews, present your problem, how your process is going and show her your preliminary results, solutions and/or prototypes and also prepare questions and doubts for her.

For the Update Meeting the class will be divided in two. One half will meet at 17:15 and the other half 18:35. The groups will be working in the class and Tuula will share up to 15 minutes with every group in the order you have here:

17:15h

  • Group 9: Food+Agriculture
  • Group 4: Green Home
  • Group 8: Fantastic Five
  • Group 3: Resolve

18:35h

  • Groups 7: WWW – Wasted Without Waste
  • Group 6: Natural Spaces in the City
  • Group 5: Fresh Outta Food
  • Group 2: Mobile Energy
  • Group 1: Sparks

Have a nice weekend and good luck with your design project!

Lakin and Alejandro

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Peer Review 2

Hi everyone,

Peer Review 2 happens tomorrow during regular class time. Peer Review 2 will take a different and more exciting form to Peer Review 1, with the whole class involved.

All Design Groups will be present for the whole session (as opposed to last time groups had specific meeting times a time booked). Instructions are on the course portal under 'The Design Space' tab.

Remember to send your Peer Review 2 preparations to your peer group! (Same peer group as last time).

See you there,

Alejandro & Lakin

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Peer Review 1 + Lecture Slides

Hi everyone,

Hope everything is going fine with you!

As you have probably seen, you all should have an email in your inbox regarding the Peer Review 1 that it is coming next Wednesday, the 22nd of April.

In this email you have a link to the instructions for the Peer Review, the schedule for every group (you can also find a copy in The Design Project Space), and the initial document from the group you are going to review. Read the documents and prepare what you are going to explain about your process and what you can ask about the other group project. It will be a good moment to share experiences and check your challenges, doubts and difficulties.

Another update from the course: the lecture slides from Camilo Calderon on Participatory Design are now available under “Lecture Materials”.

Have a nice weekend and see you next week,

Lakin & Alejandro

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Design Groups and more

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend and you started the week with energy.

In the The Design Project Space, you have a document with a summary of the groups, topics and selected books. We have received most of your problems and the 2nd book choice via email but not all of them. Have a look into the document and if your group has a " * ", please send us the missing information as soon as you can (deadline April 15th at 14:00h).

This week we won’t have class but, as the previous week, we will be available at CEMUS to help you in your process. As we told you, different groups will be in different stages of the process. Some groups might need help to finish with the problem formulation and others might be collecting information and researching about the topic. However, remember that next week is the Peer Review 1 and you should be able to explain what you have, where are you in the process and where are you heading to (more info to come) to other groups and the course coordinators in order to get some feedback and keep working.

Good luck with your project and email us if you have any question!

Lakin and Alejandro

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Make Up Tasks for Seminar 2 and Workshop 2 now available

Hi everyone,

Thanks for a generally productive session on Wednesday. Those who came seemed to make progress, and for the most part a good vibe for the projects is in the air.

If you missed either Seminar 2 or Workshop 2, Make Up Tasks for both are now on the course portal under 'assignments and instructions'. Any questions, email us on sdesign@csduppsala.uu.se

Alejandro & Lakin

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Location and Schedule Change this Wednesday, 8th April

Hi everyone, and Happy Easter!

Tomorrow's lecture 'Why Sustainability Needs Fiction: Design Fiction and The Future' will be pushed forwards in the schedule to the end of April/start of May (Date TBA). This is so you can all focus on starting immediately with your Design Group on your project work after the Easter break.

Tomorrow in class time (17:00-19:30) we will instead have a co-working session with your Design Groups at the CEMUS Library/Lab/Lounge. In this session you can together continue to work on the four steps from Workshop 2 (5W+H, "how might we....?", group assumptions, who could we talk to?), and to otherwise plan. Material from Workshop 2 is now on the course portal. Course coordinators will be available for any discussion, questions or help with this you may need (email us beforehand if you want to book a meeting at a specific time, otherwise we will be free). Attendance is up to you, however this will likely be a good time to meet with your group, as you all have this time in your schedules.

Also a reminder, you must submit a document which shows the problem your Design group will work on and the progress on the above-listed four steps by Friday 10th April. It is OK if this is not perfect or a 'work in progress', but you need to submit the progress you have made. Also include the title of the second course book book your Design Group has chosen from the provided list, or selected yourselves.

See you then, and apologies for late posting of this message,

Alejandro & Lakin

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Video to watch before weekend workshop

This video below is included the links and short articles in the Course Reader for the Weekend Workshop. Take at least 30 minutes look over those before you come, and you'll get more out of the workshop.

This video is a little taste of the essence of what we will do in the Weekend Workshop. It's meant as a fun intro, and we will do many different things in our workshop (with better fashion and no voice-over). See you there.

Alejandro and Lakin

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Confirmed Details of Field Trip (Check the times!)

Hi everyone,

Here are the details of our trip and guided tour to Varsalongen at Lilljevalchs, Stockholm. The tour has been booked and paid for all people who signed up, and we will also cover any entry fees.

MEET IN UPPSALA
Meet at 11:50 on Saturday 28th March inside the main building of Uppsala Central Station, through the glass doors at the top of the escalators (train leaves at 12:10, and we need time for all to meet and then get tickets.)

ARRIVE STOCKHOLM
12:50 and then we walk across the city to Lilljevalchs, and we stop for quick coffee on the way.

TOUR BEGINS
14:00 Sharp. It is the last weekend of the exhibition, so the venue will be a little full, which will hopefully just add to the vibe. Those who live in Stockholm who will meet us at Lilljevalchs be there at 13:45.

TOUR ENDS
15:00. We will then walk to get some food and drinks and chat more (Alejandro and I have some suggestions on where we can go), and people can suggest other things to do/ head off on your own.

RETURN TO UPPSALA
There are trains leaving often, but we imagine taking the 18:10 train, depending on what we do. You are of course free to go back when you choose!

CONTACT
Lakin's phone number: 07 6090 58 52
Alejandro's phone number: 07 2873 15 78

Any questions let us know!

Alejandro & Lakin

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