Posts Tagged ‘sustainability

Operation Mr. Clean:


Our mission is to shatter the stereotype of public dining facilities by revitalizing dingy cafeterias, dining halls, and food courts so that they exude cleanliness and openness while also ensuring food sanitation with the ultimate goals of appealing to a myriad of people, effectively utilizing community dining spaces,  and making the experience of a dining hall more efficient by decreasing traffic congestions. Specifically, we are focusing on both Britain Dining Hall and the Student Center Dining Hall here at Georgia Tech.

Outline of Scope and Plan:

  • Target audience: For college students
  • Who are dissatisfied with cleanliness of Brittian and the Student Center food court
  • Our innovation offering in terms clean spaces is to figure out a better way to keep these public eating forums clean by setting redirecting traffic flow by fung shway changes of table locations and shapes.We also want to make the food in these public dining facilities to be appealing (new presentation and preservation tactics).

BRAINSTORMED IDEAS

-puzzle pieced tables that can be broken into several smaller tables that can be cleaned easier

-individual squeegees dispenser underneath chairs or tables so that each individual can easily clean his or her mess

-segments of dark carpeted floors which are more comfortable, homey-feeling, and reduce stickiness and slipperiness (doesnt show spills)

In terms of the food,we seek to keep the food as clean and                                            uncontaminated as possible

BRAINSTORMED IDEAS.

– all food presented in big rototating domes with handles and people just rotate domes to pour out food rather than using ladles or tongs and having to put their hands in the food when they fall in.

– dome coverings with sliding openings on all food so that sandwich meat and salad items are not just sitting on an open platter for hours (similar to a bread box)

  • That provides a cleaner and more inviting environment in which students will enjoy eating and congregating.

a. This innovation is helpful because it will make sure that especially during busy hours, the alteration of the dining hall space will change and redirect the traffic flow decreasing the amount of concentrated human germs in the food area. It will also quicken the process as people will spend less time searching for clean utensils, the best slice of turkey breast, re will be  more people staffed to aide in the traffic flow. The presentation of food will allow students to each cleaner, more sanitary food.

  • Our innovation includes establishing a more cohesive table settings to create more navigable aisles and to create a lesss cluttered/dingy fung shway of the room  as well as food presentation and sanitation.

a. By doing all of these things, the sanitation level of both the space and the                         food should greatly improve,  especially during “rush” hours

ISS & growBot

10, نوفمبر 2010

We selected the International Space Station as a topic due to its complete isolation from the world of high/formal design, the overwhelming focus of its makers on function, and the international nature of its construction. It encompasses negotiations between scientists and public policists, earth and space, and the advancement of technology in general.

It looks like this.

GrowBot was selected for its nature as a community discussion rather than a product, its emphasis on computing and results rather than aesthetics, and for the aggressive angle it maintains towards the construction of a sustainable future.

This video is weirdly made but gets their point across well.

Design Outside the Field

10, نوفمبر 2010

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL

“The idea behind Heifer … is similar to the notion that it’s better to teach a man to fish so he can feed himself than to give him a fish that will feed him just once. One animal could eventually benefit an entire community.” — Associated Press

We chose Heifer International because it is a non-profit company that helps people in an innovative way and does more than just donate money. It is designed to give people a new way of life rather than just a short-term fix. The customer who donates money specifies a particular animal or group of animals, which is gifted to the family in need. These animals are used to produce food, milk, or aid in farming and labor. We have never previously heard of this type of transaction and think it is a fantastic and interesting business model. Because it is so foreign to us, it falls outside of our preconceived notions of “design”. The business introduces a unique type of transaction to satisfy a worldwide need.

Site: http://www.heifer.org/

Categories:

Sustainability

Agriculture

Resource Design

Community Education

Alternative Charity

Household

Negotiations:

Source of Income – Gifts purchased by customers

Short Term – Long Term

Privileged – Needy

Ability – Teaching

Money Donations – Livestock

Resources – Location

Rationale – Explanation

CHINESE APARTMENT EFFICIENT SPACE USE

In densely populated Hong Kong, apartments are small and expensive. Having to copy with tight space, Gary Chang, an architect, decided to ease his lifestyle by designing his 344 sq. ft apartment to be able to transform into 24 different combinations of designs by simply sliding and pulling walls. Calling it the “Domestic Transformer,” his ingenuity takes space efficiency to a whole new level. We were especially struck by his idea of having warm, golden light shine into his tinted windows as a way to keep him happier, even in gloomy weather. We also found it excellent that he placed a mirror on the ceiling to create an allusion of extended space. As future architects, we found Chang’s creativity brilliant and inspiring.

Site: http://man-over-board.com/2010/04/27/amazing-tiny-apartment-transforms-into-a-24-room-living-area/

Categories

Space Efficiency

Urban Living

User-Friendliness

Architectural Arrangement

Negotiations

Space – Necessity

Need – Want

Aesthetics – Functionality

Resources – Utilization


Harvesting Biogas For Power

negotiations:
pet owner and pet
pet and pet food
pet waste and pet owner
taking the time to recycle pet waste can save time sorting it from other waste when it is later disposed of
recyclers and pet waste
pet waste and machine used to convert it to methane
pet waste and waste deposit centers

taxonomic:
environmental design
energy design
community improvement design
waste management design
water filtration design

notes and rationale:
helps dispose of waste
cleans the water system
most public pet areas already have disposal units, it would just be collected by other people
more methane means cheaper gas prices (for things that use methane, that is)
pets can be a tax write off for companies that rely on methane
more stray animals and those in pounds will be kept alive and fed for their feces (precents unnecessary harm of animals while providing them with food)

location of origin:
San Francisco

similar ideas:
the same idea has already been established in several European countries

history:
Pets in America produce tons of waste a year that is in turn inefficiently disposed of, causing clutter and landfills, and in many cases mixing with water sources near the landfills, tainting water used by humans for personal use. In many public parks, there are already pet waste facilities that can/are to be used to dispose of the waste. Since it is already being collected, why not place all of that waste in a facility that can convert that waste into methane gas. It takes nothing more than a conversion facility since the collection and creating waste aspects of this process are already established. Having more methane gas increases its availability for whatever use it would be needed for, making it possible to decrease the cost of methane from what it already is. This means cheaper heating bills among other things.

Vac from the Sea (Not just for mermaids)

Summary
“In June of this year the company Electrolux introduced a concept for a vacuum cleaner made of plastic debris collected from marine environments. This initiative, titled the Vac from the Sea, is intended to not only produce a line of eco-friendly vacuums but more importantly to draw attention to the problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The company is working with environmental organizations and concerned volunteers to collect plastic debris from five key marine areas, such as Hawaii, the North Sea, and the Mediterranean. This initiative highlights the issue of plastic pollution and calls for more research and effort towards the use of recycled marine-based plastics. Vac from the Sea will bring together concerned individuals, organizations, and companies with the common aim of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic pollution and putting it to good use.”

Notes & Rationale
– environmental activism
– draws attention to issue
– brings groups of people together toward common goal
– design for an issue instead of use

Taxonomic Categories
– eco-friendly design
– interventionist design
– collaborative design

Negotiations
– land-based recycled plastics vs. marine-based recycled plastics
– purely functional need for a vacuum vs. environmental activism
– business oriented production vs. volunteer oriented production


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