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 Design: producing new social technologies 



Design an engineering response to a social and ecological issue that is affecting the region of Bambui, Cameroon.  Consider issues associated with the Anthropocene epoch such as climate change, population growth, urbanisation, water usage, resource depletion, food production, sanitation, transportation, and loss of biodiversity.

How can you collaborate [col] to produce social designs that are flexible and responsive to rapidly changing environmental conditions?

What does the design process look like?


What does design thinking involve?


How are creativity and aesthetics involved in design?

What is the relationship between learning and design? 



Developing 'soft skills': theory-based understandings of the natural and physical sciences, including conceptual understandings of mathematics, information science, and statistics. 

Engineering is a practice of 'applied, fluid mechanics' involving the 'fluent application' of 'established methods' and 'concrete structures'.


A 'creative, innovative and proactive demeanor' enable an engineer to work across 'multi-scalar, multi-disciplinary, and multi-cultural dimensions'. 

- From the eth(n)ologist's fieldnotes, 14/7/2015


We make things, test them, get it wrong, and keep going

We make using anything at our disposal

We build ideas to test them

By making something we reveal new potentials and complexities

We can prototype anything at any stage

We are biased towards action

We immerse ourselves in the worlds of others

We don't cling to ideas any longer than necessary

We hear the voices of those we are designing for 

We resist interpretation and defer judgement

- From the eth(n)ologist's fieldnotes, 14/7/2015


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