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    SOLARI: Access to a sustainable food system at The New School. Sophia Dubrovina worked with the New School, a non-profit group, to address the following problems: -The unhealthy eating habits of students at the New School (possibly because they do not have time). -The lack of access to a sustainable food system at New School. -The lack of environmental awareness.

    Her solution to the problem was to provide access to healthy food (a sustainable food system) on campus on the green roof of 65 5th avenue through a mobile cart. Local farmers that sell their produce in the Union Square Farmer’s Market would supply the food on the cart. This would not only encourage healthier eating habits in the student body, but also allow the students to support organic farming, a sustainable food system that nourishes the earth. Also, the environmentally friendly cart advocates sustainable practices at the New School.

    Although addressing a very real, and big problem not only for the student body but also in the world, we found some weaknesses in the design. There were many questions which our group had, that we felt were not answered, or clearly addressed in the design. -Where is the electric source for the juicer? -Where does the water to wash the produce come from? -What is the size of the cart? Can it accommodate the student body? -Who is the vendor? Does this provide student work-study? -Unclear whether the produce being sold is free or not. If so, is the school paying for it? Who is ...

  • Decomposing a Thesis

    Communication

    Decomposing a Thesis

    Group Member:

    Jennifer Riggi, Sumin Nam, Herng Fuu Richard Yeh

    Title of the Thesis:

    Share Station by Tao Lin¬

    Summary of Project:

    Workstation that encourages interaction between Asian American parents and their children. It is supposed to improve language barriers and help strengthen family bonds.

    Problems:

    A lot of solutions were created from assumptions. There is not enough evidence on the board to convince us that the product serves its function.

    He tries to tackle too many problems at once instead of stating one problem and one solution. He mentions female suicide, gaps between children and parents, randomly placed recycling information, and the actual furniture has major physical construction issues.

    We found that the desk was abnormally huge and probably most Asian American families could not comfortably fit it in their residence. Also it only seats two people when most families have more than one parent and sibling. We were not convinced that this piece of furniture and its specific function as a workstation had any relevance to the mission statement.

    Also none of the stated issues that the non for profit stood for directly related to the mission statement.

    We were also weary that the product needed to be for Asian American families exclusively. The problem statement could apply to most families regardless of their culture.

    Positives:

    We felt that the form of the furniture was interesting and unique.

    We also decided that it cou...

  • IssueS

    Well-being

    When asked on our first day for 3 things that we feel are important to us I had mentioned 3 F’s. I only remember 2 of them, Family and Ferrari. To me these two are very important. Not necessarily Ferrari perse, nor do I necessarily mean humans perse. In my family we have a dog, his name is Yoshi, I believe he is 11 years old. 2 years ago he went blind. It’s very unfortunate but he copes fairly well with it. He’s been having other health issues as well but not related to his loss of vision. I have heard that blindness among Chinese Pugs is not uncommon. One of the things that I notice when I am around him is that he bumps into things a lot. He’s very smart, he knows his way around the new house which he has never seen (we moved in the past year). He knows where there are carpets/rugs, how many steps he has to go down to get outside and even once he is outside he has a strong sense of where he is based on the rocky driveway, the hills in the grass, and various other things around the property and house. But this does not prevent him from bumping into things, he still hits the corners of walls, and table legs, and chair legs and recently he must have bumped his eye into something maybe even a twig, you can see the hole, and you can see that it’s painful for him. One thing I always think about is some kind of helmet, or guiding cane for his head so he knows when he is about to hit something. The other thing I love is not necessarily the grace and beauty of a Ferrari, but I have ...

  • Solari Breakdown

    Community, Industrial Design

    SOLARI: Access to a sustainable food system at The New School. Sophia Dubrovina worked with the New School, a non-profit group, to address the following problems: -The unhealthy eating habits of students at the New School (possibly because they do not have time). -The lack of access to a sustainable food system at New School. -The lack of environmental awareness.

    Her solution to the problem was to provide access to healthy food (a sustainable food system) on campus on the green roof of 65 5th avenue through a mobile cart. Local farmers that sell their produce in the Union Square Farmer’s Market would supply the food on the cart. This would not only encourage healthier eating habits in the student body, but also allow the students to support organic farming, a sustainable food system that nourishes the earth. Also, the environmentally friendly cart advocates sustainable practices at the New School.

    Although addressing a very real, and big problem not only for the student body but also in the world, we found some weaknesses in the design. There were many questions which our group had, that we felt were not answered, or clearly addressed in the design. -Where is the electric source for the juicer? -Where does the water to wash the produce come from? -What is the size of the cart? Can it accommodate the student body? -Who is the vendor? Does this provide student work-study? -Unclear whether the produce being sold is free or not. If so, is the school paying for it? Who is ...

  • 001

    Poverty, Industrial Design

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    productive thinking in darkness ...

  • Fitnrg

    Well-being, Environmental Design

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  • Pic2_282__132_

    Group members: Areum Joo, Emily Kim, Hironao Kato, Nicole Kung

    Project: Recoup Student: Jiyeoung Lim Problem: E-waste Irresponsible consumption and unsustainable product life cycle Mission: to lengthen lifespan of mobile phones NFP: Collective Good

    Strengths

    * The concept pinpoints a specific area of e-waste (cell phones)
    * Reuse, reduce, recycle
    * Designed to fit the general mass market
    

    Weaknesses

    * Solution
    

    ➢ Over complicated ➢ Very expensive to develop as an actual product ➢ Requires a redundant amount of transportation resource ➢ Cell phones are of incredibly high technology Parts are likely to be outdated by the time it reaches the manufacturers ➢ Not appealing to for-profit companies

    * Material
    

    ➢ Wood: issues with durability, sustainability, and conductivity. What happens to the plastic shells of used cell phones? ➢ Circuit board unlikely to be reused

    Proposed idea

    * Problem with current project
    

    ➢ Too expensive and difficult to manufacture ➢ Does not actually solve the issue regarding e-waste ➢ The design feasibility is questionable

    We recognize that Jiyeong’s main goal was to create an alternative use of e-waste. To help actualize her vision, we have broadened our scope to all types of circuit boards in addition to cell phones. Currently we have very limited resources to safely dispose of circuit boards, therefore we propose to up-cycle the e-waste into architectural material. With this solution, we hope to develop various me...

  • Compod

    Environment

    Board_132_

    Problem Identified: New Yorkers are ignorant of what to do with food waste.

    Tae-Yun Kim’s Solution: A composting unit for elementary school cafeterias.

    Non-Profit Group: Lower East Side Ecology Center

    Strengths: Project follows the goals of the non-profit. Good intentions.

    Negatives: Shape does not indicate it’s purpose. Time issue is unresolved. Not energy efficient. Oblivious to NYC spacial limitations. Board is incomplete. Peek holes are too small.

    Our Solution: Integrate the process into the curriculum. Make the composting unit individual sized. Make it fun!

    The Design: Loading caps have magnifying lens dual functionality. Body material is soft to the touch. Black material absorbs natural light to facilitate decomposition. You can twist and roll the compod to mix the food waste inside. The side viewing window allows the composter to document progress.

  • Decomposing a Thesis

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Decomposing a Thesis

    Group Member:

    Jennifer Riggi, Sumin Nam, Herng Fuu Richard Yeh

    Title of the Thesis:

    Share Station by Tao Lin

    Summary of Project:

    Workstation that encourages interaction between Asian American parents and their children. It is supposed to improve language barriers and help strengthen family bonds.

    Problems:

    A lot of solutions were created from assumptions. There is not enough evidence on the board to convince us that the product serves its function.

    He tries to tackle too many problems at once instead of stating one problem and one solution. He mentions female suicide, gaps between children and parents, randomly placed recycling information, and the actual furniture has major physical construction issues.

    We found that the desk was abnormally huge and probably most Asian American families could not comfortably fit it in their residence. Also it only seats two people when most families have more than one parent and sibling. We were not convinced that this piece of furniture and its specific function as a workstation had any relevance to the mission statement.

    Also none of the stated issues that the non for profit stood for directly related to the mission statement.

    We were also weary that the product needed to be for Asian American families exclusively. The problem statement could apply to most families regardless of their culture.

    Positives:

    We felt that the form of the furniture was interesting and unique.

    We also decided that it could...

  • e2

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Check out e2 at www.e2-series.com, a critically acclaimed PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically.

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