ITDG Design Contexts
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ITDG 1: Sustainability campaign
In many communities it is hard to promote change towards a more sustainable way
of life. Identify a community (e.g. a school, a sports club, a local area) and
a sustainability issue that affects it. Devise a 3D and 2D campaign to promote
a more sustainable way of life.
ITDG 2: Packaging
Many people can only afford to buy every day items such as flour or sugar in
small amounts. In some countries, buying and re-packaging goods for re-sale
is a useful income generating activity. Investigate the process of re-packaging
and design and make a sustainable method for use in your chosen context.
ITDG 3: Sustainable power
There are several sources of renewable energy. In many countries, micro-hydro
power is a potential source wherever there is a reliable water supply. Investigate
the appropriateness of micro-hydro power for an area of your choice and design
and make a small machine that could harness that power for use in a small
ITDG 4: Rainwater harvesting
Ensuring an adequate water supply for domestic and agricultural use is a problem
in many parts of the world. However, there are opportunities for harvesting
rainwater when rains do come. Investigate possible methods of harvesting
water and design and make a method for filtering or storing water suitable
for your chosen context.
ITDG 5: Sustainable cooking
Cooking outdoors on an open fire is a summer treat in many northern hemisphere
countries. In the southern hemisphere it is often their way of life. Investigate
existing practices of open-fire cooking and design and make a cooking stove
which is as fuel-efficient as possible.
ITDG 6 and 7: Carrying equipment
All over the world, people have to carry a wide variety of equipment or good
to carry out their jobs - the tools of their trade. Investigate the
problem of carrying equipment. Design and make a sustainable method of carrying
equipment or goods for the person or occupation of your choice.