FD4007

Faculty: Rebecca Reubens

TA: Jhanvi Desai

Furniture at The Intersection of Sustainability and Art for Ahmedabad

This studio focused on bringing usable public art to sites in their respective cities, in the form of furniture, which was sponsored by corporates for visibility and goodwill. This furniture centered on sustainability considerations, including ecological, social, cultural and economic issues. It looked at these considerations across the production to consumption system. The furniture design was mindful of mainstream outdoor furniture concerns, including durability, cost, function, sitting and layout, aesthetics and design language. And additionally looked at addressing and resolving ideas and issues around vandalism, placemaking, safe interaction, potential use by the homeless and inclusivity.

The studio included designing, creating technical drawings and prototyping a piece of outdoor public furniture at the intersection of art and sustainability; along with conducting studies, analysis and opportunity mapping for public spaces in cities based on siting and layout, form and function, durability and cost. They were able to do so in a sustainable and inclusive framework including the ideas and issues around vandalism, placemaking, safe interaction, potential use by the homeless and inclusivity.

All students - Final design

Overall design process

Exercise: Understanding – Materiality, construction, & vandalism of an existing public-furniture

Redesign exercise: Understanding – Cultural significance & placefulness

Redesign exercise: Understanding – Sustainability