DESIGN Harvests Research Project

DESIGN Harvests is the research and design project that brought me to China, and made me stay there much longer than I initially expected. It has been a challenging (yet exciting) experience: I have been working in an international team, I have been organizing workshops, I have been conducting ethnographic research in the local context and I have been involved in the design and testing of prototypes of solutions. We also wrote papers, participated to local events and big design conferences, and worked with most of the members of Shanghais sustainability network.

Rural-Urban connection: Harvesting the rice.

The goal of DESIGN Harvests, in Chongming Island is to create prototypes of sustainable rural-urban interaction and development based on the use of local resources and strenghts, by enstablishing a local networking platform to prototype a series of sustainable design solution for local development. DESIGN Harvests incubates and demonstrates new business models based on the resources of the rural communities.

The project required conducting extensive ethnographic research both in Shanghai and in the neighbouring contryside, indentifying opportunities and prototyping a series of networked localised solutions in the field of communication technology, agriculture and craftsmanship.

In 2012 the project has been exibited at Helsinki Design Museum.

As part of its “Urban Futures” series, Mistra published our project’s book “DESIGNHarvests; An Acupunctural Approach To sustainability”, authored by Lou Yongqi, Clarisa Diaz and Francesca Valsecchi (and with various chapters co-authored by me)
http://www.mistraurbanfutures.org/sites/default/files/design_harvest_an_acupunctrual_design_approach_towards_sustainability.pdf

Related projects:

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Rice by DESIGNHarvests

Tian Tian, a mobile marketplace

Tian Tian, a mobile marketplace

Twines by DESIGNHarvests

Twines by DESIGNHarvests

Jindai elementary school

Jindai elementary school

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