Designing Water Solutions ( 5 days)

language: English

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30 September 2019 - 4 October 2019
Time: 5:00 PM
Duration: 3 hours


Knowledge Tower
Floor 9 - Classroom 02


Suitable for 16+ years.

On a global level the demand for water has recently increased, surpassing supply. This is a result of industries, climatic changes, and poor methods of harvesting water. Therefore, sustainable solutions need to be embraced so as to mitigate this serious issue to ensure optimal availability of water to use in our daily activities. Exploring water quality and water as a living element. The challenges and technologies for cleaning water, from products for emergency use to reusing wastewater on site.
We used to store water in terracotta vessels, gourds, and skins, as well as, bottles, jars, and flasks. How can designers help re-imagine ways to deliver water in cities as an alternative to single-use plastic bottles?

Objectives and Expected Outcomes: 
-Understand the value of experimenting and making unexpected connections in order to solve complex, contemporary and local problems.
-Know how to collect, analyze and filter useful data.
-Ability to translate research into design, using various techniques such as 2D/3D sketching and model making.
-Identify solutions to solve the formulated problem.
-Ability to communicate their designs using various presentation techniques.

Day 1 – Introduction 

- Who is NExAR? 
- Something about water: what is it and how important is it?    

Day 2 – Discovery and Research 
- DISCOVER water use in own surroundings by field research.  
- INTERPRET design opportunities for better use of water-use, storage and harvesting.    

Day 3 – Ideate and Create 
- IDEATE potential designs for the opportunities. 
- CREATE models.  

Day 4 – Evaluate 
- EVALUATE and innovate. 
- EXPERIMENT with the prototype.

Day 5 – Present


1- Dennis Meulenbroeks "Social entrepreneur"
The founder and director of NexAR, a bridge building organization for design between the Netherlands and the Arab World. As a social entrepreneur with a background in Industrial Design, he continues to research and develop new approaches and strategies for design in the social field. His entrepreneurial spirit and ability to make things happen are a necessity in a collaborative and empowering project set-up. 
Dennis Meulenbroeks was the first ever designer who fitted the field of social work with designs to get to holistic, innovative and realistic concepts and programs. 

2- Lotte de Raadt "Conscious designer"