Fab-Culture Perma-Lab Vendors 2018

The aim of this 10% project for you, my peach, to invent and resolve to design a proto-typable, Permaculture orientated product, to inspire, innovation and attract users to Fab Labs and Permaculture, as well as show the potential of these two initiatives. This empowers prospective communities to recreate your invention, which in the process of making, cultivates learning, the transfer of knowledge, skill sharing and innovation. Your design solution will also illustrate how Permaculture can improve communities and inform design and new designers.

This year Fab Lab, Permaculture and the Living Room are working together like ctrl C & ctrl V. The Living is a space to inspire and is all about promoting a unique urban eco-system. Greenside Design Center, Fab Lab, Permaculture, The Living Room and their sister project Temple Botanica will be working together to create a new sustainable environment for communities, business initiatives and designers

Temple Botanica is a location right outside Jo’burg city and is a paradise for plants to thrive with their iconic geo-dome as well as spacious, cascading back yard. Temple Botanica aims to grow and care for plants in the most sustainable ways as possible along with keeping their restaurant, The Living Room running, with décor coming from Temple B as well as providing an Airbnb on Temple Botanica.


Problem Statement: Informal businesses make up almost the majority of South Africa’s business sector. However, these vendors face problems that can be met through human-centred design. These include, amongst others, problems such as having to travel long distances to where they sell their goods and these sites are often exposed to external elements such as sun, rain and wind. This projects require you as a student to design a portable vendor stations that is easily transportable, solves environmental challenges and is easy to assemble with minimum resources. In addition to the product design you must also consider how these stations can improve the sales and longevity of an informal vendor by allowing for branding and point-of-sale display. The success of this project lies not only in the design but also on communication the implementation of the design to informal vendors.


In order to overcome our problem we came up with our primary objectives that needed completion;

  • Impactful on the informal vendor business as a whole
  • Portable / Transportable
  • Economically feasible
  • Easily accessible
  • Safe and Secure
  • Solves environmental issues that the vendor may have