I found the “Nutri-Terra Indoor Composter” by Julia Sorzano in the 2004 ID Student Design Review. The intersection that jumped out at me was that the machine powers itself through the heat that the decomposition process generates. The system is completely self-contained, so that the user can dump compostable materials in the top, and access soil from a separate drawer down at the bottom without any compost smell wafting through the house. Personally, if I were to make any improvements to the design, they would only be small aesthetic changes (I don’t think the futuristic look really suits the function). Overall, I think that the function suits the need and addresses the bigger problem of waste management and energy reduction.
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1st Idea: In elementary school, there was an autistic boy in my class for a few years. He was very intelligent, although it was difficult for our class (myself included) to understand him and the way that he conducted himself. I have been interested in getting a better understanding of autism ever since that experience. Over the summer, I found a few articles on autism because I knew it was a potential topic I would be interested in exploring this year. One particular article, “The Truth about Autism,” in Wired Magazine, really sparked my attention. It discussed autism from a relatively unbiased perspective, pointing out the general strengths, capabilities, and weaknesses of the autistic community. The point I found most interesting in the article is that many autistic people have a strong understanding of 3-dimensional form. I felt this would be a great opportunity to develop a product for young children that could push them to exercise this part of their brain. I think this is a viable avenue to explore because it could potentially aid in creating a good life for several autistic people. A few articles have cited that it is very difficult for autistic people to work in regular jobs. I think that autistic people could enter into a broader workforce if they were taught as children exercise their brains’ 3-dimensional capabilities. I found a toy, Robert the Robot Shape Sorter, which is meant to help autistic children develop hand-eye co-ordination, motor skills, and shape/col...
Posted September 22, 2008 in A Good Life 6 - Parsons The New School for Design
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 ...
Posted September 20, 2008 in A Good Life 6 - Parsons The New School for Design
School My vision for change at school is small but necessary – I think that all of the product design shops (furniture, models, ceramics, etc.) should be open for longer hours during finals. This would presumably help everyone in product design to accomplish better quality work. To make this type of change a reality, the best thing I could do is join the student council and advocate for longer shop hours. I could also put together a petition to prove that the change was important to the community as a whole, not just myself.
Neighborhood To make my neighbourhood a better place, I would create more public spaces for art. Everyone would benefit from the aesthetic beauty, and it could help to create more of a community. One of the great things about the east village is Union Square, and the way people are drawn to all of the art, food, etc. going on around them. It would be amazing to create small spaces throughout the rest of the neighbourhood that could also draw gatherings of people together. To achieve something like this I could begin by mapping out potential areas of the neighbourhood that could sustain art in all different capacities. Some could be designated for fine art, while some could go towards live art, music, theatre, etc. I could then gather like-minded individuals and put together a neighbourhood committee to start advocating for the change.
Country My vision for Canada involves tweaking the education system to better integrate arts education into mainstre...
Posted September 14, 2008 in A Good Life 6 - Parsons The New School for Design