:: Specific Design Brief
PRODUCT DESIGN SRI LANKA
GENERIC DESIGN CONTEXT
Cooking outdoors on an open fire is a summer treat in many northern
hemisphere countries it. 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.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
In many areas of Sri Lanka, people use a three- stone open fire to cook and boil
water for both domestic use and in small catering enterprises. Design and make a
fuel-efficient cooking stove appropriate for Sri Lanka, using materials and
techniques available locally.
Click on ‘Sustainable Cooking’, that gives information about traditional cooking
methods in Sri Lanka, and some of the stoves that have been developed there. It
gives background information about the sorts of materials available for
producing stoves, and the skills and equipment available in the area.
Practical Action has offices in Colombo, Sri Lanka and also works in partnership with other
local organisations interested in fuel-efficient cooking. Practical
Action has its
headquarters in the UK and it would be your first point of contact. Email the
education team at
[email protected] or telephone 01926-634441. If they are unable
to answer your questions, they will contact Practical
Action South-East Asia, or one of the
people directly involved in fuel-efficient, energy-saving cooking.
• Conservation of wood as a fuel source is especially important in areas of
short supply and where trees are not being replaced.
• Three stone fires present numerous hazards both in safety and health so any
method that reduces smoke impact would be helpful.
• Producing stoves that could be made and sold locally would enhance traditional
skills and provide employment opportunities.
• Three stone fires are very fuel inefficient and hard to control.
If you 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.
here to access Sustain-a-balls