2014 – Water

Designing Waters Future

Building on the Aspen Design Challenge of 2008, “Designing Water’s
Future”, the project is aimed at generating exceptionally creative and
original design thinking to raise awareness of the emerging global
water crisis.

Students are tasked to relook design Solutions that have already been
conceptualized during the 2013, 10% water project thus far and
the conceptualized design solutions and research findings to alternative
target audiences through visualized “before-and-after” posters. Finalized
design solutions will be represented in the form of info-graphic posters to
form an awareness campaign.
• Shop till you drop – Awareness campaign
• WTF – Water the Future
• SanAqua – Hanging Desalination Planter and Hand Sanitiser
• Zikele – Gardening kit
• Stenocara – Filtration system

Shop Till you Drop – Awareness campaign

The community that we have chosen is the people of Mannya. People of all age
groups spend many hours collecting unsafe water, this having an effect on the
education and health care of the people of Mannya. Last years project focused on
creating awareness around water usage and we focused on getting people to act!

WTF – Water the Future

The objective of this project is to create awareness of water conservation and increasing
public’s capability to supply water to countries in Africa who are facing water scarcity. Not
only would this be helping the public save water in households but would help save lives in
communities with no access to clean drinking water. In the long term, not only will families
save money, but helping those in great need at the same time.

SanAqua – Hanging Desalination Planter and Hand Sanitiser

A fully working terrarium, that works via the process of desalination. Target demographic
was children aged from 6 – 12. The Product aimed at educating children on the issues
surrounding water conservation, preservation, and desalination. The reason for the
preteen age group is that this will be far more appealing to a 12 year old as opposed to a
16 year old, teenagers wouldn’t have been interested in a product like The Hydrome.

Zikele – Gardening kit

Our task is to create a kit that would be easily accessible, easy to carry and a moderate
size that would fit into public transportations. The kit will also include a step-by-step DIY
instruction booklet.

Evaluate the project (for example with reference to)

Learning experience of the students
Students had to engage with existing design solutions and case studies and
reapply their thinking to alternative target audiences and new product solutions
The social responsibility and sustainability of the project
Student design solutions are practical and innovative and have real life design
solutions that are implemented into actual communities.
Students sourced communities to work and engage with and also found their
own sponsors and prototyped their designs.