the 1st year Furniture and Product Design students at Sheffield Hallam University are starting a new project that will bring together research skills, product opportunity spotting skills and Web2.0 skills.
Over the summer vacation the students will research into the plethora of underutilized spaces that pepper our cities. They have been asked to document these ‘negative spaces’ and to share their geographical locations using Web2.00 tools and processes. First semester 2011/12 the students will be asked to use their research as grounding for a project that aims to better understand and utilize ‘dead’ or ‘negative’ spaces culminating in designs for products that can turn their chosen venue from a negative space into a positive space.
Underlying this project is the strong belief in environmentally sustainable design practice and the need for stronger and more meaningful interaction between city dwellers and their built environment.