Getting there, two weeks to project presentation

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January 15, 2014 by Liat

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During our final project for the course we try to tackle the issue of cultural understanding by design. The different cultures around us are often so different that it is hard for us to get closer and to enjoy the richness they are offering. Can design be part of building new bridges between cultures? Can it help building a dialogue about cultural diversity?

The students in 3 different groups has explored this issue by finding interesting case studies and by exploring different cultures through design probes.

Now, they are developing concepts and prototypes for projects.

In the next two weeks they will work hard on their ideas. In the meantime here is a peek to some idea that take life in class:

– A new concept for a Chinese restaurant in Italy. There, people can learn about Chinese habits, holidays, and clearly, food.

– A temporary cooking  for cooks who would like to participate in a competition during international events. Each evening there will be 3 stations cooking different meals and the people passing will vote for their best cook.

– What if a simple glass could be “culturally integrated” by adding some accessories to it? Each country has it own way of drinking and glasses vary from place to place. This is a playful way to show how flexible we might be with our culture.

– Prisoners are given the same ingredients and cook different dishes, representing their cultures. The recipes will be then collected and published outside prison as well as integrated into the prison dining room.

– Be a Local! An Application helping you be a part of the culture, and integrate in the new location just like a local! Depending on the countries you visit you get the best tips on where to go and not to go, “magic words” or gestures you should practice.

– The re-design of table objects to represents the typical food of a country. Putting those plates one next to other one can learn about the singular ways of eating.

Stay tuned!!

 

 

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