When I started my bachelor studies in industrial design, I wasn’t sure if more design – and more design products – actually is what we need, because there are so many issues connected with what might be called trash overflow. Though most of the projects I made don’t reflect this state of mind, but they helped me learn to walk the paths of design. Now I’m starting to see big pictures everywhere, and all those old issues start coming up again.
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Transformation Design is not biased concerning the solution’s shape – it’s the new normal design, taking a holistic view and working in transdisciplinary teams. Here’s an example.
When people talk about sustainable mobility, they mostly think of electric cars. But actually, they are only the first step towards a future-proof mobility culture. They’re easy to implement because this innovation doesn’t really need people to change their behaviour. Everyone still got their own car in which to drive around. Everyone also still has to refill its energy in more or less regular intervals at those places where you can do exactly that. No big change there, even if oil industry lobbyists are convincing everyone of the opposite. But what, I hear you ask, are the next steps then? Here’s an overview, showing the three types of innovations.
Transforming the world
is no end in itself. It aims at keeping or raising the ability and number of people to live healthily on this limited surface. This goal can best be obtained when keeping some standards and constraints, which science has turned out for years. The problem with this is, it’s mostly numbers. Numbers are too abstract for most people to grasp and translate to values.
Therefore, people who have the knowledge to grasp the numbers can translate these to aforesaid standards and constraints. From them, one can derive a list of things not to do. Environmental Organisations have been doing this for a long time. But because being asked to stop doing things is at least uncomfortable, if not outrageous to most citizens, these methods have yet failed to reach a critical mass.
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When it comes to houses, every Human has basically the same needs, because every human has basically the same anatomy and the same basic demands. We need a roof, a place to sleep, a place to eat, a place to keep our bodies clean and space to spend our time.
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Everyone needs a home, or at least a roof and bed. And though some people can assemble a home for 12$
, most want some level of comfort. Also, many people would like owning a place to call home. But building a new house in the traditional way is a lot of work and includes many different materials, some of them expensive.
In the past, this has led to the usage of cheap but toxic materials. Today, many materials have been recognised as toxic and consequently mustn’t be used for building new houses. Apart from that, not much has changed in the way homes are built. This might change because new technologies are on the horizon.
I recently got accepted for the master studies in Transformation Design at the Braunschweig University of Art. So a lot of people have asked me what Transformation Design actually is.
For one, it’s new. There is a Wikipedia article about it, but it hasn’t been translated to any language other than English yet.
So, since it was -and still is – difficult for me to describe in simple terms what’s it about. Therefore, I’m going to present it here, one part after another.
Today, I’ll start with how the idea came up, and from which core elements it started evolving.
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“we buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.”
– fight club
The need for things is one of the core elements of human culture, only the amount changes, depending on cultural belonging and level of prosperity as the main factors.
Since the want for stuff is also the driving force of the whole economy, it’s basically a huge lever on the economy. This lever is at all times pulled in various directions by many kinds people. With varying success.
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My Name is Arved, and in this blog, I will talk about the use of design for building a better future.
I am a 26 years old industrial designer, 3D-print tinker, SciFi audiobook junkie, and mostly unobtrusive vegan. I was born and still live and work in northern Germany. The concept of environmental-friendly living always struck me as sensible. In the age of 15, I stated that my first car will be an electric-driven one.
I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design and am now aiming towards self-employment and master studies. Before and throughout my design studies, there has always been a thought which troubled me.
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