Colombia, Barranquilla, DESIS Lab Caribe

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City: Barranquilla, Colombia

DESIS Lab: Arquitechture, Urbanism and Design Area

Universidad del Norte, Edificio Julio Muvdi

Km. 5, Antigua Vía a Puerto Colombia

Barranquilla, Colombia

Dirección postal: 1569 ó 51820 Avianca, Barranquilla

Tel: (57 – 5) 3509509 ext.: 4099

E-Mail: redgard@uninorte.edu.codiscalab@uninorte.edu.co

Website: in construction

 

Hosting Institution: Universidad del Norte

Edificio Julio Muvdi

Km. 5, Antigua Vía a Puerto Colombia

Barranquilla, Colombia

Dirección postal: 1569 ó 51820 Avianca, Barranquilla

Tel: (57 – 5) 3509509 ext.: 4099

E-Mail: redgard@uninorte.edu.co

Website: www.uninorte.edu.co

 

Coordinator: Manuel Moreno Slagter

Km. 5, Antigua Vía a Puerto Colombia

Apartado aéreo 1569

Tel: (57 – 5) 3509509 ext.: 4126

Cel: 3135660618

E-mail: mslagter@uninorte.edu.co

 

Operations Manager: Edgard David Rincón Quijano

Km. 5, Antigua Vía a Puerto Colombia

Apartado aéreo 1569

Tel: (57 – 5) 3509509 ext.: 4099

Cel: 3108676647

E-mail: redgard@uninorte.edu.co

 

Background

In mid-2012 Universidad del Norte identified that requires a structured guideline to support its activities in order to articulate design and communities in the Caribbean region. In this sense, the possibility of being part of the DESIS Network was considered. The DESIS´ main idea, which is that design schools may help support and speed up different processes by making designers facilitators of social transformation, became appealing to Universidad del Norte, in order to focus its efforts through networking.

In late 2012, Universidad del Norte contacted Professor Ezio Manzini and the DESIS Network, to explore the potential of Universidad del Norte to create a new DESIS LAB in Colombia. After different meetings around professor Manzini´s visit to Colombia, it was established that the Lab´s formalization process required some internal activities to understand that creativity and joy are part of the Caribbean culture and have manage to overcome difficulties through new social dynamics at a regional scale despite of climate, and socio-economical conditions which is a huge opportunity to strengthen the emergent solutions through design skills.

In early 2013 such integration of the DESIS LAB project become real as it was included to the University´s Development Plan; and since that point, the process of structuring the lab started, defining at first instance the objectives thereof:

Objectives

  • Identify cases where the implementation of creativity, resource, management, tools creation, technology apprehension and relationship innovation, have been used to develop solutions to problems that allow social development and empowerment of Caribbean communities.
  • Promote social innovation and sustainable cases through design solutions and innovative solutions; connecting all parties in the collective development of these interventions to generate replicable, scalable and enduring transformations.
  • Implement creativity, resources, tools, technology and innovation, to develop solutions to problems that allow social development of Caribbean community and create more opportunities for them.
  • Understand social problems from the experience of communities and actors, roles and systems relevant in order to influence the adoption of new, more efficient, relevant and collaborative practices with the community.
  • Coordinate the projects worked in different programs or courses, to improve the relation between academy and community without being assistentialist.

Research areas

In addition, the laboratory defined their lines of work and research into collaborative service and product design for the Informal, formal and collaborative Cluster (IFC) and the Safer places and spaces (SPS)

Other initiatives of research found by students are:

  • Collaborative Auto-construction informal housing. Thermal comfort.
  • Community building. Collaborative auto-construction of prosthesis.
  • Self-made dry lavatory with underserved or remote communities.
  • Clean water systems. Waste management systems. Handmade stoves to reduce the risk of exposure to smoke.
  • Pedagogical tools.
  • Food production for self-consumption.

Activities

In the same way 3 lines of action were determined: Observatory studies, Interventions and Social Innovation divulgence. In each of these lines began to be developed projects and activities targeted especially to form and create a research community in social innovation.

Observatory Studies: through this program we are going to create a group of case gathering and study in order to plan projects and initiatives approach and academic events as well.

  • Mapping emerging cases of social innovation: Documenting social innovation initiatives for bear witness to what is happening in the region and to build a database of cases more extensive.
  • Monitoring intervention projects: Review the status of projects and collect information from the perception of different stakeholders regarding the projects. This monitoring allows us to contemplate projects likely to implementation.

Interventions: This line is focused on performing design interventions that may empower social innovative communities and initiatives to become replicable, increase its coverage and effect, or become a reality.

  • Project-course Design Studio: Development of participatory intervention projects by students of the course Design Studio.
  • Grand Challenge Canada: a proposal for self-made dry lavatory design and implementation as a social entrepreneur collaborative service on underserved or remote communities in Colombian Caribbean coast. 2014

Social Innovation promotion: through this program we intend to create and participate on communication scenarios that may become useful to generate community acknowledgement of social innovation and design interaction and integration for sustainable solutions and Desis philosophy.

  • Animatic of social innovation initiative: A video sampler with an animatic was developed to explain the narrative structure defined during the workshop in order to replicate it into other cases as part of an audiovisual exploration. 2014
  • Participation in the first and second Informal, Formal and Collaborative case collection: an opportunity to identify situations and cases for a generation of services and products designed from the underserved communities’ perspective. 2013 – 2014
  • Participation of other networks such as the Nodo de Educación Superior de Innovación Social NESIS and the Nodo Regional de Innovación Social.
  • Latin American Congress of teaching in Design – Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires: Participation in the conference with the paper: “Social Intervention Projects for the Strengthening of Autonomy”. 2014

Future Programs

  • Continue exploring the areas of IFC, safe places, auto-construction, among others, through courses class and projects.
  • UNINORTE Social Innovation workshop program: annual programed workshops on social innovation tools and techniques, with national guests. Understand what the impact is of design in social innovation and how design can help to solve actual social problems.
  • Editorial Project Showcase 01: Generation of reference material as a base of a series of publications exploring the audiovisual narrative and intervention projects conducted around the subject of Social Innovation at the University.
  • Implementation of project “Olla sobre la llama” low emission stove autoconstruction: Develop implementation plan to transfer technology up to 100 families in the community of Divina Luz 2 in Palermo, Magdalena, as a tool for community empowerment.

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