Industrial Design

for the poor

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The Q-drum is a circular jerrycan that rolls smoothly enough for a child to tow it with a rope. This very clever design tackles a job that millions of women and girls spend doing each year – fetching water. This symposium focuses on the urgent question of industrial design for the poor. In what ways can industrial designers help poor people with good artifacts, like eyeglasses, a solar lantern or a complete house? Or on a larger scale: with complete Industrial Parks? What are the economic benefits for the poor and for the designers?

Dr. ir. Jan Carel Diehl is managing international projects on sustainable product innovation, especially in emerging markets. He is interested in developing products for the so called ‘Base of the Pyramid’, the poorest people. Diehl is an assistant professor for the Design for Sustainability program at TU Delft.

Dr. ir. Laura Franco is a senior researcher at the CSTM group (UT). With her research she tries to ensure that Sustainable Industrial Parks in Mexico are properly implemented. These parks are to stimulate local economic growth, and at the same time guarantee environment protection and help the poorest people.

Ir. Ana Maria Alvarez Mejia is an industrial designer. She developed the “Moonlight” a cheap solar powered LED lighting solution for the poor rural population of Cambodja that has no access to the electricity grid.

Tuesday May 8th, 19.30-21.30 hrs. Vrijhof/Amphitheatre.

There will be a poster-presentation with smart designs for the poor.

English spoken!

This program is a coproduction of Studium Generale and La VOZ, the Latin American Study Association at the UT.