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.
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.