Nutrire Milano – Skill training and Design education

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This project have drawn competences and tools from the disciplines of strategic design (for issues that concern stakeholder involvement and quality of the processes) and service design (for issues that concern conceiving, structuring, and modeling the service activities). As such Feeding Milan has regularly involved students of Master level in service and strategic design to conceive the new service concepts and has pushed them to design tools and artifacts to interact with the users at the Sharing Ideas Stall and to work on the field. (Polimi Desis Lab)

Coltivando – Skill training and Design education

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Coltivando design process tackled complex design issues that forced designers to work in a multidisciplinary team made of spatial and product-service-system designers. They had to combine their competences to develop the best solution and, moreover, to face the community feedback for every project progress. Such an approach gave the students and teachers involved a rare opportunity to develop a more holistic solution. The multidisciplinary group warranted the definition of the “design problem” outside normal boundaries, reaching an enabling solution based on a new understanding of the complexity. Coltivando developed as a whole natural system and not as a collection of different parts relating to different disciplines. In addition, the student educational side was enriched by the cross-fertilization of some design tools traditionally adopted by one or the other perspective. The constraints that emerged working with other disciplines were a stimulus to go beyond single perspective and figure out a real and reliable solution. The students also had the opportunity to engage with a real project from concept to implementation phase. With Coltivando, students/researchers were forced to talk to real stakeholders, to network with local gardeners and local authorities, to ask about providers and their costs, thus building the first community of members and, in some cases, required to stop and rethink the solution according to its feasibility. This was a starting point for subsequent interdisciplinary collaboration with communication design students too, who later worked with trans-medial and communication strategy output. Coltivando is often used for practical assignments by Spatial, Product and Communication Design students to encourage a consideration of urban nature, the spread of biological wealth and natural resources, as well as encouraging the aesthetic diversity of human habitats. At the same time the involved community got to know what are tohe design tools to be used for this purpose including a DIY toolkit to set up the garden beds and service design tools to develop specific outputs (organization, scheduling etc.) (Polimi Desis Lab)

Izindaba Zokudla – Skill training and Design education

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The project focuses on training farmers through farmer’s schools and through a co-designed online knowledge portal that will provide and share local, contextually relevant, farming knowledge. Additionally Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Multimedia and Development Studies students are all actively involved in service learning projects that feed into the broader aims of Izindaba Zokudla, this takes education out of the lab, into the ground. (Design Society Development DESIS Lab)