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A Good Life 6 - Parsons The New School for Design

A Good Life 6 - Parsons The New School for Design


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    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


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


    • 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a redundant amount of transportation resource ➢ Cell phones are of incredibly high technology Parts are likely to be outdated by the time it reaches the manufacturers ➢ Not appealing to for-profit companies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 means of transfe...

  • shox suspension

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    mankind apparently cannot fly, but it doesn't mean we cannot walk on air. some of us already walked on water, so they we aim higher. with Nike's help and their shox suspension system the user's heels are stepping on 4 or more air-pressurized pillars (act as air pistons), which are part of the rear shoe sole. the air inside the sole's pillars is suppose to absorb the impact of the heel touching the floor surface while walking or running. the heel, which feels most of the body mass, if not separated from the floor with the right absorbing material - the impact grows (when using hard material soles). impact and an uneven terrain surface no longer form a threat on runners for twisted ankles and falls. The bottom of the shoe adjust itself, just like any jeep wheel suspenders, to the surface, leaving the body leveled and balanced. Nike use this system to address another issue besides the physical care of our back problems. psychologically the user feels like flying, he/she walks on air, separated from others, who actually "touch the ground", nike's users are literally hover above all danger. the sole actually react and adjust to different obstacles on the surface by diverting air inside the pillars from side to side, keeping the user foot straight and out of danger. the material nike uses is the cheapest there is (so far...) - Air. But what if we can improve the shox system and actually treat it like we treat our jeep tires, and adjust the pressure before ev...

  • Wheelie by In Hye Kim

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    Group Members: Sam Tsai, Lawrence Yen, Jesse Resnick

    Problem/Non-Profit: In Hye Kim was forcing on animal wheel chairs for her Senior Thesis. She found out that the traditional animal wheel chair does not have enough support for the body weight instead of giving more pressure to other non-injury legs. Also, the prejudice thought for people and animal was a big regard for In Hye. She was working in partnership with UC DAVIS. The mission with UC DAIVS was to provide a care program which encourages, fosters and facilitates all aspects of health, well-being and disease of companion animals.

    Strengths/Weakness: Apparently, In Hye added the third wheel into a conventional animal wheel chair, which release much pressure to non-injury legs. In her design, we see an innovative looking wheelchair for animal. She applied new material, memory foam and transparent plastic, for the body supporting area, which is spectacular. She even thought about the moment when product is being rented in hospital, which we love as a group. She did put herself into masters of those disabled animals’ shoes. We found several aspects that this project can be even better. First, the information board about this project was very unclear interns of the material of this product and user scenario in different situations such as different size of animal and different area of animal’s body is injured. Second, we were wondering if the third wheel really works as she said on the board. Because the new design prov...

  • Radio_132_

    I think there is a direct design intersection between the physical form and the function of this radio. It works like a radio except that the housing invokes feelings of nostalgia and comfort. By using a natural wood material for the entire piece, the interaction between the user and the object completely changes.

    For the one piece, I think by turning a wooden knob instead of one made from plastic the user will have a better tactile response to this product. Not only does it feel natural, but eventually through use, oil from the hands of the owner will leave a permanent impression in the wood. I think its successful because first of all, I want one, and second of all I think it allows people to cherish it more. Notice the ipod compatibility and the antennae being made from wood as well. I really like this product.

  • IT'S BACK....

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    Show me one person who never suffered from back aches....well they will!! Most of us suffer, even without knowing it, from a certain back disorder. The pressure we live in, the weight we carry, physically and emotionally, and the postures we stand in, sit, drive and walk every moment of our lives is basically wrong and causing an accumulation of pressure on our different back parts, mostly on the spine and the nerve system which is embedded in it. The more "comfort" we feel, as time goes by into the 21st century, the less exercise and sports we are doing and the more time we spend in front of the computer (each year the average age of users is going down) or in our cars, etc.

    I see an opportunity with the development of smart materials that can react to certain parameters (pressure, temperature, impact,etc.), and with the forming routine of working people in the present though the near future, an opportunity to help and facilitate the damage, already caused, and to prevent further damage.

    ergonomic studies are also related to the subject. "Hollandia", the mattresses company is using high-tech materials and techniques to help us maintain a healthier posture while we sleep, by a certain interaction between user and object (visco-elastic polymers and different kinds of memory polyurethane foams). I feel that most of the products in the market are too "general audience oriented", they apply to all users. I feel that some areas and niches require mor...

  • barefoot in africa

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    for most of the western civilization people walking barefoot is a sign for freedom, vacation and relaxation. In Africa, especially in Kibera, Kenya it is the main cause for fatal diseases and deaths of thousands of people mainly children. there are 1.2 million people living in a town the size of nyc central-park. 1 of every 5 people has aids, and the average life expectancy is 41. children are running barefoot all day long - 95% of them get the hookworms to penetrate through their feet skin, many of them get cut and injured and finally they join the world's highest concentration of HIV carrier population. shoes or any type of skin coverage to their feet would protect them and hopefully help them survive in their environment, and maybe even encourage them to start doing kinds of sports, that at the moment they cannot allowed themselves to even try... donations and pity are not the answer to Africa's crisis. many of the materials we use, many of the industrial processes we experience are either processes that were originally invented, in some form, by ancient tribes, as part of their social evolution, or materials that we are actually using today, and they are originated from Africa. I feel that Africans has most of what it needs in order to do things themselves, what they are lacking is the western knowledge and guiding on how to use what they possess. For too long we only took from Africa, i feel it is time to give some back in order for them to do it themselves for themse...

  • Wheelie_copy_132_

    Wheelie, In Hye Kim

    Group Members: Sam Tsai, Lawrence Yen, Jesse Resnick

    Problem/Non Profit: The basic problem In Hye identified was that existing animal wheelchairs were not well developed ergonomically. She worked in partnership with UC Davis (University of California), whose mission is “to provide a care program that encourages, fosters, and facilitates all aspects of health, well-being, and disease of companion animals.”

    Strengths: We found several strong points in In Hye’s project – she added an extra wheel to the traditional wheelchair design to provide more even support. She provided memory foam so that the chair could conform to the dog’s body, creating a more ergonomically-friendly design. In Hye also devised a hospital rental system for the wheelchairs so that they would have an extended lifecycle.

    Areas of Improvement: There were a few areas of improvement that we pinpointed, one of the main ones being material choice. No material information was provided on the board, so we were left guessing as to what choices In Hye had made. Another large concern we had was that the chair only seemed to work if the animals’ back legs were broken. We also sighted the choice of wheels – the wheels are multidirectional, but looked difficult for an animal to control, especially on a hill/rough terrain. Finally, we questioned how animals of differing sizes could use the Wheelie.

    Proposed Improvements: In terms of improvements, our group attempted to broaden the ...

  • Funcy_for_design21_72_132_

    Decomposing the “Funcy” project :

    Critique essay by Shinwoo her, Anthony Cesari and Oz Etzioni


    “Funcy” is a thesis project by Ilanit Ovadya, parsons’ product design graduate of 2007. The problem this project deals with is furniture packaging waste in urban environments. The designer wanted to find a solution to this specific waste problem by designing a flat-packed work-station and eliminating its packaging aspect by its form and usage. The elements been used for packaging become the product’s accessories after assembly, leaving no waste behinds. The target users are young people with limited living spaces.

    Non profit organization involved: • Cenyc – Council on the environment of New York City • O2nyc- environmental sustainability through design • Rainforest Relief – protection over world’s tropical rain forests

    Identifying projects’ strengths and weaknesses:

    Strengths- • Easy mounting / dismounting process • A variety of optional accessories hanging/tying/adding methods. • No use of extra material (without screws, bolts, etc.)

    Weaknesses- • Furniture packaging (usually 2-layer corrugated cardboard) is recyclable, is it really a big waste problem in urban environments? • The product acts as its own packaging – no damage protection over the product different parts (during transportation, moving, etc.) • Product form is dictated (no options to fit personal/space needs) • The product is a “temporary use” product, after its s...

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    Here is an article from TreeHugger which addressed the second issue I would like to pursue:

    Medical Waste: The proper disposal of medical waste is a serious issue. It cannot simply be burned and disposed of once it has been used. Because of the caution and expense required to properly dispose of it, much of the infectious waste is either dumped in the ocean or burned illegally which emits harmful gases. More people allowed healthcare insurance would mean more medical waste and perhaps more illegal disposal practices. For now, here is an example of the proper way to eliminate the waste.

  • What is a Premise?



    Here are three New York Times articles relating to one of the topics I would like to pursue:

    Nutritional Deficiencies: This topic spans a very broad range of issues because it deals with food and the dissemination of nutrition to people around the world. There are many reasons for nutritional deficiency for example: elderly growing older need vitamins to stay healthy, young children need vitamins to stay healthy, many people are born with genetic nutritional deficiencies such as anemia, geographical conditions may limit certain peoples from getting nutrients they need, poverty prevents proper nutrition on all levels, whether it be in Africa, or low income families in the US who can only afford prepackaged highly engineered foods. These are just some examples. For my example of a solution I have included a picture of cast iron pots. People with anemia are frequently told to cook with cast iron because it increases the amount of iron into their food when they cook.

Is it possible to generate products that are sensuous and smart, beguiling and ethically grounded?

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