The course brings together key content from sustainability, systems, and scenario thinking, supplemented by specific knowledge as needed. “Waste” is seen in broad terms as it manifests itself everywhere. The situation is framed as a design challenge and orients itself on an equitable future perspective that is in line with stewardship and sustainability goals. External experts reflect on the thinking that the teams develop along specific process phases. In each process phase, critique sessions bring teams and tutors together in strategic conversations to bring critical thinking and reflection in and on action to the fore.
The course structure is the following:
1. Analysis (what is the structure of waste systems?)
2. Projection (what are possible future scenarios? How do we want to live?)
3. Synthesis (what are possible design options? What can we do? What do we need?)
4. Prototyping/Testing (What works in which way?)
5. Communication (What is the story to tell, why and how?)
Key readings include:
- Natural Capitalism, by L. Hunter Lovins, Amory Lovins, Paul Hawken
- Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise: the Interface Model, by Ray Anderson
- Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying your Life, by Bea Johnson
To experience and carry out a challenging design process to address an un-framed challenge in an open-ended way to be seen as an experiment. To experience first and make meaning later. To reflect on the individual and team behavior process. To apply a human-centered design approach and reproduce and diagram the design process. To use discussions about who is the public involved in the waste problem. To create appropriate systemic future scenarios and design options.
Hans Kaspar Hugentobler and Jorge Frascara (course leaders) with guests