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Socially Responsible Design: Breadline Shoes for Children in India

Socially Responsible Design: Breadline Shoes for Children in India

Year: 2010

Section: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B

Author: Schaber, Friedemann

Section: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Pages: 352-357

Abstract

Active learning happens to us when we participate in projects meaningful to us and engage with the
real world. [1] Correspondingly, this paper explores the role of Design students in industry and
research collaboration ultimately benefitting the poor. This paper presents a case study, a live client
project initially aimed at free shoes to be offered to children in India as part of getting them to school
regularly; drawing from comparative research expertise residing within the author’s university on the
footwear supply chain, waste management, knowledge transfer and the global market, and pedagogic
research on engaging students in co-learning.
The case study reviews an ongoing undergraduate project with students in the United Kingdom, which
has been taking place in conjunction with the British School of Leather Technology and a footwear
manufacturer based in Chennai, India. In response to real needs, the students are encouraged in
negotiating research across disciplines, shadowing podiatrists within clinical practice, and in creating
prototypes of shoe and sandal parts. While students learn to develop their own designs into feasible
samples, they were also encouraged to apply the relevant design and production methods, with
consideration of appropriate technologies suitable for manufacturing in an Indian community or
‘cottage-industry’ context. Finally, the paper discusses the roles of students, researchers and educators
in the project and the benefits derived from an association with multiple partners in the teaching of
socially responsible Design. It will be shown that design learning at the University itself changes with
new collaborations across cultures and integrated projects that are supporting kinaesthetic learning
styles. A new generation of students will be equipped with skill sets to realise appropriate and
practical solutions that can move people out of poverty in a sustainable manner.

Keywords: Appropriate technologies, footwear, live project, India, socially responsible design

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