Sustainable Design – Ecology, Culture and Human Built Worlds
This is where it's proposed we go for a class trip:
Last class some people signed up, but many may have missed the sign-up sheet or weren't there. We need at around 20 people to make the guided tour worth it! even if you already wrote your name down, Please confirm again all the days you could attend on the Doodle link below (English option at bottom of page):
DETAILS: We will meet at 12:45 front the central station, then take the train to Stockholm. We then walk across Stockholm (in the sun of course) to the venue which is by the water, and we can have some coffee on the way. We will arrange a guided tour in English which will begin around 15:00 and finish 16:00, and then we can go for some food/drinks outside, or you can head back to Uppsala, this is open to what people want to do.
Important Course Updates
1. The course book "Design for the Real World" by Victor Papanek needs to be completed before Seminar II. We will post a literature review task related to the book next week, which is to be completed before the seminar.
2. During Seminar II we will decide on your design project topics and form design teams for Part 2 of the course, in which we begin our larger focus on the activity of designing. You will need to choose a topic or issue or problem which you are interested in and propose it at the seminar. We will go through an open process in which you decide what area you will work on. It is OK at Seminar II to have a broad topic, problem or issue in mind, as we will narrow down problems later.
3. The Weekend Workshop is approaching, and is scheduled for the 29th March. In the weekend workshop we will, over 5 hours, go through established design techniques and idea generation methods, and go from the problem phase through many steps all the way to prototyping in a 'design studio' atmosphere under time constraints and pressure. It will be valuable in the the larger design work coming up later in the course, and possibly well after the course is over.
4. Remember that the submission requirements in the instructions for Assignment 2 - Analysis of Design were updated a week ago. Check them again to be sure you have the updated copy.
Biomimicry Task To Do Before March 18
1. In preparation for the Biomimicry class next week March 18, our guest Anna Maria Orru has requested you start an activity before you arrive. Complete Step 1 and look a little into step 2 in this biomimicry challenge we will work through on the day. Step 1 requires choosing an area or problem you want to design a solution for, and then considering what you want the design to do (read Step 1). This will be used only for this activity in this lecture but could also kick start thinking about what you will work on later in the course.
2. Also, remember to bring your computer. We will use some online tools in the class.
See you on Wednesday!
Lakin & Alejandro
As decided by those who filled out the Doodle Poll, the time for this meeting is 16:00 tomorrow, Wednesday 4th in CEMUS Library.
Everyone present and discuss in a group the Spaceship Earth Assignments using the structure and instructions from Seminar 1, which will be provided at the meeting. Bring your Spaceship Earth in physical copy!
Those who did not do not attend the meeting will recieve a (second) written make up task for the Spaceship Earth component of Seminar 1.
See you there,Alejandro and Lakin
As most of you might have noticed there is no articles in the course reader for this week. So here you have a couple of suggested readings for you to do before the class this Wednesday and to get inspiration for the #DesignHunt5.
- Anxiety, Wonder and Ashtonishment: The Communion of Art and Design, Richard Buchanan (2007). (pdf)
- The Myth of the Noble Slob: Design, ‘Art’ and the Crafts. Chapter 3 from Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, Victor Papanek (1971)
This Wednesday we will have with us Paula von Seth and she will introduce us to the relation between “Art and Design” with some theory and practical exercises.
Hope to see you all there,
Lakin and Alejandro
A quick reminder,
The Make Up Task for Seminar 1 Is now posted under 'Assignments and Instructions'. This has also been emailed to all who unfortunately missed the Seminar. As part of the task you must organise a time to meet as soon as possible, and the way to do this is in the instructions. Deadline for the task this Friday, 27th February.
See you all Wednesday for Camillo Calderon on Participatory Design, with some case studies and urban experiments he's been involved in.
Alejandro and Lakin
Some updates and important information for you.
2. The SDesign After-Seminar
Next week after the Seminar we will go to CEMUS Library to gather and to get to know each other a bit better. The course has been running for four weeks now and we think is time to meet some new people and have fun together. If you don’t know where CEMUS Library is, just follow the crowd after the Seminar. We will provide some snacks, (non-alcoholic) drinks and a nice environment for all of you. This will be a good opportunity to meet some new people. See you all!
Good luck finalizing your first assignment. We are looking forward to see your Sustainable New Earth 😉
Enjoy the weekend,
Lakin & Alejandro
We have created a Storify from each Design Hunt to compile all your pictures. Be sure that your picture is in the slideshow below or has a "Favorite" star in Twitter. Otherwise, contact us!
Design Hunt 1: Sustainable Development and Design
Design Hunt 2: Biophilic Design
Design Hunt 3: Design to Change Behaviour
Thank you for all your pictures!
Lakin & Alejandro
Next week we have our first seminar! Here you have some instructions regarding the Spaceship Earth and the Literature Review to get ready for it.
Enjoy the sun and see you this evening,
Lakin & Alejandro
Three important points:
1. We look forward to next week's session with Sille Krakow, on design for behaviour change. She is joining us by video from Denmark, and we will have a chance to discuss with her quite a lot on this topic, with a substantial amount of the session given over to you for question time and dialogue with her. It's important to go through the reading material (and video) for this week so we can get a discussion going at a high level.
2. Also a reminder to start reading the first course book Design for The Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek now. We look forward to some lively discussion around this later in the course: it's often said it's one of, if not the major books in the last half century advocating for a change in design practice towards sustainability and we wonder if you agree. It will also be highly useful input for Assignment 2: Analysis of Design.
3. Remember to keep the mini challenge sketches you have made in class, as you will submit these at the end of the semester. Simple instructions on this task will be posted shortly in the 'Assignments and Instructions' section.
Enjoy your weekend.
Alejandro & Lakin
Your journey into design has begun, and we now head into spring with a series of exciting guest lecturers and design-focused assignments.
You can now find the course information booklet, literature list (course reader table of contents), and instructions for the Design Hunt here on the course portal. You will also find lecture slides from Wednesday 21st, in which you can access the Assessment Timeline and other material (what we could not show you due to problems with the projector).
See you for our guest lecture next week with Josefin Wangel. Remember, to submit a photograph of design (see Design Hunt instructions) related to the lecture topic and literature. Next week's topic is broad: 'Sustainability and Design' so this gives you a lot of options.
Enjoy the snow,
Lakin and Alejandro