SOLVING GLOBAL PROBLEMS USING COLLABORATIVE DESIGN PROCESSES

Torben Anker Lenau, Christina Okai Mejborn

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    Abstract

    In this paper we argue that use of collaborative design processes is a powerful means of bringing together different stakeholders and generating ideas in complex design situations. The collaborative design process was used in a workshop with international participants where the goal was to propose new solutions that would help solve the global problem of sanitation. Lack of sanitation is a problem for 42% of the world’s population but it is also a taboo topic that only very few people will engage in. In the one-day workshop participants from very different areas came together and brought forward proposed solutions for how to design, brand and make business models for how to solve aspects of the sanitation problem. The workshop showed that it was possible to work freely with such a taboo topic and that in particular the use of visualisation tools, i.e. drawing posters and building simple physical models strongly enhanced mutual understanding and exchange of ideas. Furthermore, the introduction of biological solution analogies also showed to be fruitful for the generation of new ideas for product design.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society through Engineering Design
    Number of pages600
    VolumeVol.1 Design Processes
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2011
    Pages310-320
    ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-21-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 15 Aug 201118 Aug 2011
    Conference number: 18
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    Conference

    Conference18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design
    Number18
    CountryDenmark
    CityCopenhagen
    Period15/08/201118/08/2011
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    Keywords

    • Sanitation
    • Global problems
    • Biomimicry
    • Collaborative design

    Cite this

    Lenau, T. A., & Mejborn, C. O. (2011). SOLVING GLOBAL PROBLEMS USING COLLABORATIVE DESIGN PROCESSES. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design: Impacting Society through Engineering Design (Vol. Vol.1 Design Processes, pp. 310-320). Design Society.