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Lee Winfield

New York, NY, United States

Product Design

Member since September 08, 2008

  • I used my revised matrix to come up with some ideas for a design intervention. I decided to focus on handwashing and sanitation in schools.

    My ideas are a bit out there. They are obviously ridiculous the way they are but they are initial and part of my brainstorming..

    My first idea is one where kids would have a handwashing station outside that is working by a foot pump. The idea is that the gray water goes into a garden the school has, and the more the kids wash their hands the more water there is for the garden.. I want to find a way to make the pumping into a game, so that it wouldnt seem like work.

    The second idea is one where the sinks are attached to the blackboard in the classroom. so the kids look at the hand washing stations all day. they pass by them as they come to the classroom. Maybe they have to wash hands as they come to solve a mathematical problem on the board.

    The third intervention is where the tap is actually the knob to open the classroom door. In order to get in, one must turn on the water, wash their hands, and as they complete the turn of the knob to get in, the water will turn off.

    The illustrations are here

    • Awuah, Patrick. "Educating a New Generation of African Leaders." TED Convention. California. June 2007.

    • Collier, Paul. "4 ways to improve the lives of the bottom billion." TED Convention. California. Feb 2008

    • Lomborg, Bjorn. "Our priorities for saving the world." TED Convention. California. Feb 2005

    • "Billions Without Clean Water." BBC News. 14 Mar. 2007. 20 Sept. 2008 <>.

    • God Grew Tired of US. Dir. Christopher D. Quinn. Perf. National Geographics Documentary. DVD. 2006.

    • Indigenous Peoples Kyoto Water Declaration. Third World Water Forum. Kyoto, Japan, March, 2003.

    • Morrison, Jim. "How Much is Clean Water Worth?" National Wildlife Federation 43 (Feb/March 2005). <>.

    • Pickens, T. Boone. "Is Water the New Oil?" Audio blog post. Business Week's Cover Stories. 12 June 2008.

    • Samaritan's Purse International Relief. Turn On the Tap. Brochure.

    • Straw, Becky. "Charity:Water." Interviewed by Lee Winfield. 24 Oct. 2008.

    • "Tools for Better Living." Audio blog post. New York Times Video: Science Times. 25 May 2008.

    • 2008 UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water. UN-Water and the World Health Organization.

  • My new map is here or here

  • Fueled with Facts


    50% of schools in the world dont have proper sanitation it is also the #1 reason girls dont go to schools

    1/6 of the world does not have clean water

    2/3 of the people in the world dont have proper sanitation

    That means that 50% of the people in the world DO have clean water but no sanitation.

    Hand washing is the number one way to stop diarrheal diseases which claims 1 Million people a year.

    $90 Billion is being spent annually on bottled water in developed countries.

    The UN estimates that $30 Billion would give clean water to the whole world

    80% of diseases are due to unsafe water

    • 72% of the people in the world live on less than $4 a day
    • 26% of the people live on $4-50 a day
    • less than 1.7% of people live on more than $50 a day

    This last fact shocks me every time I think about it.. because I realize that almost anyone I see in my daily life is in that 1.7% of the world. and we think we are the world.. we are NOT

  • I thought I would share some sources of inspiration and knowledge as some might find them useful

    1. Podcasts They are FREE and easily available, they are on your ipod as you are walking to school and on the subway (and in my case, as you are working in the metal shop). You can find them on every topic in the world and they are made by some great writers and experts in a wide variety of fields. I am subscribed to Business Week's 'cover stories' podcast which a couple of weeks ago talked with the writers of 'is water the new oil?' cover story, which helped me. I also love the New York Times' 'Science Times' Podcast which are in video!.. there are so many great podcasts to pick and choose from. you can also look up specific classes as many professors in big universities will upload their lectures for their students to download- but we can use it too!

    2. TED .com is a great resource. watch the videos on there. they will inspire and open your mind

    3. Movies I am subscribed to Netflix and for the past few weeks I used it to get movies that are directly related to my thesis. I just watched 'God Grew Tired of Us' an amazing documentary (recommended to me by Oz). I am also watching National Geographics 'Africa' collection & movies about water ('water' & 'flow'). On my queue are 'Malaria:Fever Wars', 'The Human Footprint', 'Forces of Nature' and more.

  • Eyes Open Wide


    I thought I would include you on the week I had, where I am and my newest discoveries..

    Indeed, for the past 2 months I filled a sketchbook with lists and facts, diagrams and articles and my bibliography grew and grew. However, I didn't really have time to take it all in. The information was so overwhelming and fascinating that I was thirsty for more and more.

    This week was different. I think it was just a matter of time.

    I investigated different regions in the world, made maps of their climate and rainfall, GDP and water situations. I learned about the Kalahari Basin, also known as the 'Kalahari Depression', a large lowland area of 2.5 Million Km squared in the south of Africa that includes countries like Zambia, Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe. I read reports by the UN-Water agency, the Kyoto Water Declaration, The 3rd World Water Development Report and more.

    I started reading about Bangladesh, Population of 150 million where 45% is below the poverty line, 74% access to water (a vague word..) 43% literacy. I learned that in the 1970s 4 million wells were built in Bangladesh, which improved the water situation. However, in 1993 high arsenic concentrations were discovered in the ground water (which lead to skin disorders and cancer). The wells were closed (labelled 'red') and the local community returned to the ponds and ditches, which led to a greater outbreak of water related diseases and increased child mortality (children are much more prone to be effected by unc...

    1. Q Drum site the Q drum received a lot of publicity, as it is a very simple solution that allows people to pull/push s water container on the ground due to its form instead of holding it on ones head, for example. this allows villagers to carry more water at once and much more easily

    2. The Lifestraw site A design I have discussed plenty in the past. Users can use the straw to filter unclean water in small quantities. There is a problem with the fact that parts need to be replaced as well as the use of materials that are unsustainable and manufactured in the west

    3. The Bamboo Treadle Pump allows poor farmers to access groundwater. The treadles and support structure are made of bamboo or other inexpensive, locally available materials.

    4. Potters for peace designed a Ceramic Water Filter site using the natural and unique characteristics of ceramics to filter water

    5. Other ideas that are not targeting developing countries but are related: a. shower timers- so you dont take a too long of a shower b. Designboom's dining in 2015 competition raised some interesting ideas about water. I have posted some of their ideas before

  • Mapping Growth



    A Graphically illustration showing the relationships between different components that will help me shape my thesis project.

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  • Clearer



    This map was published by The International Development Association (IDA), (a part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries)

    It really helps clearly see the areas of the world suffering the most from water issues.

    some facts: While world population tripled in the last century, the use of water increased six-fold

    It is expected that by 2025, 3.5 billion people will live in water scarce or water stressed areas, up from 1 billion in 2005. The world’s poorest countries and the poorest communities within them are the most vulnerable to inadequate management of water resources.

  • My Mission



    Water is the most basic need necessary for life. A basic human right that is not accessible to over 1.1 billion people on the planet. I would like to develop a product or a system that will relieve some of the suffering caused by the lack of clean drinking water.

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design