SHAPING THE INDIVIDUAL DESIGNER: PARTICIPATORY DESIGN IN EMERGENCY CONTEXT
DS 68-8: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 8: Design Education, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Ion, B.
Author: Briede Westermeyer, Juan Carlos; Cartes, Jorge; Bustamante, Alejandro; Perez, Marcela
Section: Design Education
This article deals about the user centered teaching-learning and design methodology used by teachers and students in the industrial design setting. The purpose of such approach is to create and strengthen attitude competences regarding knowledge and know-how. The context is the earthquake and tsunami hitting Chile on February 27th, 2010, where the user centered design methodology is applied in object based setting up for the emergency housing context . This approach involves the final user from the beginning of the working proposal. Such learning method allowed students to identify users’ basic needs, along with other requirements that are part of the dwelling features and also related to upper needs, which, to be tackled, assume that individuals should be observed from psychical – emotional – cultural viewpoints, by the time feasible solutions are considered. This methodology is analyzed from an Industrial Design professional education viewpoint, thus illustrating all factors to be taken into consideration for the design of solutions that meet people’s needs to make their dwelling worthy in case of emergencies.