Industrial Design: Course

Benjamin Swig

3rd year studio

Farkache Nina, Semester 1, Thursday, 14:00-18:00
Regev Avidor, Semester 1, Thursday, 14:00-18:00
Shapira Hadar, Semester 1, Thursday, 14:00-18:00
Tal Elisha, Semester 1, Thursday, 14:00-18:00
Youdelevich Sarit, Semester 1, Thursday, 14:00-18:00
Urban AcupunctureLecturer: Elisha TalAcupuncture is a small action that triggers a significant change.Can a focused and precise act of design impact our environment, and change behavior, for a more sustainable way of living?During the course we will investigate this large question by conducting a series of experiments and interventions in the urban space.As designers, we will turn our attention from the private domain to the public space, from design for the consumer market to design that promotes a sharing economy.In this context, urban space presents a huge challenge and a broad field to act in as designers. Today most people in the world live in cities and a vital city is the ultimate solution in a world that lacks resources and is over populated. But most cities are ill because the design of the modern city was wrong in many ways. The public space has become primarily an arena for consumption. It was changed in favor of vehicles and at the expense of people. The center of the city, which in the past was the center of our social and political life, was abandoned in favor of the shopping mall and the suburban dream.During the course we will take a deep look at the main environmental problems to understand the source of the issues that lead to the current environmental crisis. We will go on tours, listen to lectures and sharpen our understanding of the designer's role in promoting change and implementing sustainable solutions. A role that stems from his ability to work across disciplines, to offer a holistic way of thinking, and especially as one who can communicate an alternative material and ethical vision.