After getting the feedback from our lecturers, I decided to deeply analyse the pebble shape I had developed as a bin container. I realised it had several functional disadvantages, so it was time to face them!
First of all, the triangle section of the body provided a big useless space between the external halls and the inner bag container. Furthermore, the window designed to take the waste bag out and replace it is not big enough and could make employee’s work become a difficulty when they had to raise the full heavy bag.
Considering the general dimensions already fixed, some different volumes have been developed by 3D program. After prototyping them in 1:6 scale by CNC machine, I could modify them by hand and accurate the shape. So I chose some of them in order to create a system by following the same style. The system is formed by three different shapes to use each one for a specific kind of waste.
This form will help me to specify the users range related to my context. I also need the users assessment in order to prove if my concept is on the right way.
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Huy Bui, Plant-in City.Since 2011.
Huy Bui is an entrepreneur, artist and designer working in New York. Fascinated with nature and the adaptability of plant life, during the lasts three years, Bui has developed the project called Plant-in City. It relates smart design, technological innovation, and a deep appreciation for the natural world. It is mainly composed by stackable wooden structures made to sustain plant life in urban settings. So, Plant-in City installations serve as a reminder that science and art can coexist beautifully.
Plant-in City is architecture for sustaining plant life. Living in a city like New York, you’re always going to be dealing with space constraints. Apartments are stacked to save space, so I thought, why can’t we stack plants? We have to go vertical. That’s the baseline idea.
See Freunde Von Freunden interview: http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/huy-bui/
He and his team explore new technologies in order to take care of the plants, for example, watering them by using an IPhone or providing them the sun requirements by LED light.
He broke the traditional way to grow herbs, creating a new solution for indoor herbs. Plant-in City is an innovative project based on implementing natural life within a city lifestyle, considering and leading to a solution for the usual constrains of nowadays’ life. Therefore, this project can be a good referent while creating my artifact in order to find a design thought to develop a new growing method, far from the typical ones.
Plant-in City website: http://plantincity.com
MINI II Steel Terrarium
MINI City Block
As a modern-day ceramicist, his boldness comes from combining different materials and exploring new forms of expression. He transforms and elevates the old art of ceramics into a new design sphere. Far from unique items of the craftsmen, he wants to create current product designs that can be produced and sold for a wide range of public.
By his own brand, APPARATU, he shows and describes all the projects developed by his team in his workshop placed in Barcelona. http://www.apparatu.com
Simplicity, elegance, colour, functionality and well-made. All of them are values that can describe Mañosa’s work. I will apply this philosophy into my project. I want to develop an object well-made and functional, with ceramic parts incorporated into the system.
I think every object shows a meaning depending on its shape, materials, colours… Based on this, all the ceramic objects have a specific and concrete meaning when people use them. The texture, the colour, the temperature, establish a connection between the user and the nature (where ceramic comes from). This will be a point to consider helping users become responsible in a sustainable way.
FREUNDE VON FREUNDEN is an independent and international publication which documents inspiring people around the world with different creative and cultural backgrounds.
They talked about Mañosa’s lifestyle and work by showing his home, workplace and designs. They also made an interview around Mañosa’s origin, inspirations and futures visions for his company, Apparatu. See everything on:
ALICJA PATANOWKA .2014.
Patanowska is a modern and innovative artist from Poland. Her work basis goes around glass and ceramics to create original products.
Among her designs I am intereseted in PLANTACJA which as she describes, this project “was established because of the need to find a remarkable, almost symbolic use of what has been abandoned. The result is a porcelain object that rests in a common glass and which allows the observation of the growing process of plants, both its stem as well its root”.
I like the idea to recycle abandoned glasses in the middle of the street, to let them another chance before becoming waste. She has developed a curious and unique system to grow indoor plants. Moving away from the typical flowerpots, she creates individual ceramic pieces that suits with each glass. This system doesn’t need constant cares, but its functionality remains on its shapes. It can also be placed easily so it doesn’t require a big space.
This project will be a reference while developing my artifact. I will consider the fact that the user can have freedom to personalise the product by recycling specific objects, but at the same time another fixed part will be designed based on its functionality.
BRITTA RILEY AT TEDXMANHATTAN
Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles — researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system.
I find this project very interesting and very innovative. I think the best way to improve a project is to share the knowledge with other people who want to contribute. Therefore Riley’s idea has become a new movement around the world. Making public and accessible all the information through the internet let interested people being involved so they can develop their own project, following the basis stablished, and finding new solutions.
There is a specific website where users can share their experiences. So a community has been created around the growing indoor plants concept in order to spread this practice.
Here is the community link: http://our.windowfarms.org