Lara Cardoso, Andrew Magee, Mariana Pinheiro, and Trupti Pomaje (plus Professor, Alex Lobos) – Rochester Institute of Technology
Design has the potential to bring people together. Orchard bus stop offers a flexible design that allows for multiple layouts and includes components that can be adjusted depending on the available space, geographical location and specific needs of the urban environment. Seating modules also serve as display cases that showcase products, art pieces, or decorative elements that represent each community’s interests. A green roof and solar powered lighting offers alternative solutions for reduced energy consumption.
Category: Short life cycle
Product lifetime cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach and design details and materials selection should accommodate for this variations. Prism is a modular system of illuminated tables designed for college students and other people living in temporary situations. Prism integrates tables and ambient lighting into a single product that comes flat-packed and is easy to assemble and disassemble. When users are ready to move to a new life stage they can either flat pack the tables and bring them along or they can recycle them.
Children grow at a fast pace and because of this their garments and footwear have short lifespans. “Caterpillar” shoes are designed to integrate flexible materials and a lacing system that expands and compresses up to three sizes. The modular design also allows users to personalize the shoes according to individual styles and to replace components that tend to wear out often.
Category: Long life cycle
Showers are important components for personal hygiene. Although they were developed as a water-saving alternative to traditional baths, their relaxing nature results in people taking long showers. The Bubble Shower concept explores ways for the shower to reduce water consumption without compromising its performance. More importantly, it offers features help users to be more conscious of how much water they use when bathing, generating a sustainable behavior that will carry on to other activities.