David Trubridge Workshop

David Trubridge who is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Design and Visual Arts at Unitec came up last week and long with staff member Roger Bateman ran a two day workshop with students from Product, Interior and Object design. Focusing on designing a more sustainable lifestyle, the students were challenged to research into the global hectares currently 'used' by the worlds inhabitants and find ways by which to reduce those hectares used to an equitable and sustainable level.

Day one of the workshop began with a talk by David within which he explained that New Zealander's (and other countries)  are currently inhabiting far too greater share of the worlds land mass and asked the students to calculate their current 'global footprint': after some research, one student revealed she was inhabiting 8.8 planets at her current use rate, other found 4.4 and 6.0 were common amounts.

Armed with the challenge student then looked into the areas of transport, food, accommodation, goods amongst others, and spent the second day work out how they might be able to significantly reduce their global footprint.

By the end of the first day students had got stuck into finding out measurable ways to 'make a difference'. Group presentations showed us that students had found that amongst other headings: politics, media community, survival, currency, education were areas they wanted to explore.

Day 2, students worked individually but shared their research on a gridded wall chart – thus creating a future resource for their own use. The the end of day 2 students presented their individual feedback to David and Roger. Clearly the workshop had posed more questions than provided answers, something David had planned for, but the end result left students feeling that there is a need for undergraduate design students to be challenged to find sustainable solutions to their project briefs. A more informed approach to sustainable design should be non-negotiable.

David and Roger will be holding a practical workshop later in the year.

Students were encouraged to join the DESIGNERS ACCORD

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