Thursday, 15 November 2007

Workshop on Sustainable Design

Those of you who interested in a workshop on sustainable design may want to check this out. Below is the email from Joe Foo of Trinity Visual Communications with sufficient info. You can contact them directly.

joseph foo <>

Hey Ian
This is the workshop I spoke to u before, It’s about sustainable design, venue tentatively set at Juteras, Kampung baru Subang, also where 3Di (3nity’s product division) based, surrounded with all sort of factories, cemetery, primary schools etc etc.. Pls see attached document.Do let me know your students r interested to b part of it. This workshop is only for 30 ppl max.

Discover the Design of the World, Rethink the World of Design
Date: 15-16 December 2007
Location: Lot 619 & 620 Jalan 2C, Kampung Baru Subang, Sec U6 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Facilitator: Joseph Foo and Li Feng Kuah

What is global warming? What has it to do with designers whose role is to create “pretty looking things”? The aim of this workshop is to examine designer’s responsibility towards environment issues. As suggested by the title "Discover the Design of theWorld, Rethink the World of Design", we aim to remind designers of irresponsible designs and their consequences on the environment through cold hard facts of global warming. This will be followed by discussion on successful sustainable design make aware that designer from all practices including architecture, graphic, fashion, product, interior and others, have the power to instigate change for common good. In addition, another goal of the workshop is to bring designers out of their comfort zone as speculated in today’s practice that is highly computer-aided. Hence, all participants are only allowed to work with basic tools and found materials. It is hoped that this “culture shock” will bring about new territory of design thinking and solution. The first workshop of this series was conducted last summer in Wei Hai, a popular beach resort in China. There were 22 enthusiastic participants ranging from high-school graduates, graphic design students to practicing designers and art teachers; all came from different part of the country. The participants were divided into 4 groups and given brief to create ideas of sustainable design from found materials or waste in the surrounding. The responses were mixed and interesting, some stick strictly to the brief and went out to "get their hands dirty" collecting empty bottles, discarded floats and swim suits. Others chose to stay indoor cracking head in search for ideas from waste management to recycle solution, one even worked on futuristic solution for an imagined society with oxygen crisis! The results were equally fascinating. Within such as short duration, the participants have come out with some highly workable or believable ideas, detailed sketches or workable prototypes. Among some of the results were fashion accessories created from recycled swimsuits and floats, products from plastic bottles such as lifesaver and lamp, while others concentrated on developing ideas on sustainable lifestyle.

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