:: Specific Design Brief
PRODUCT DESIGN UK
GENERIC DESIGN CONTEXT
Moving water from one place to another, particularly lifting it, has been an
engineering challenge for millennia and very many different methods have
been used to do this. Design and make a system for moving water for a
situation of your choice.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
There is an ever-growing interest in gardening and many people are building
ponds in which they want to have some sort of moving water feature. There are
issues of energy and water consumption involved. Design and make a system that
will provide moving water in a low-impact and low-cost way.
Your first point of contact will be Ann MacGarry at the Centre for Alternative
Technology. Contact by email on
[email protected] or by phone 01654 705963.
• A garden pond adds to biodiversity in your local environment. Species are
under threat across Europe, partly because of intensive farming, and therefore
gardens have become more important as habitats for wildlife when they are
• Ponds provide habitats for frogs and toads which are useful garden predators.
• If people develop their gardens as pleasant places to spend their time, they
will be less inclined to drive to other places for their leisure.
• Pumps powered by solar (photovoltaic) cells are very popular but expensive and
fairly energy intensive to make.
ISSUES & RESOURCES
decide to work on this design brief, don't forget to consider the issues of
sustainability in the different phases of your designing and making.
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