GIGA @ Education

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  • Date July 28th, 2011 12:10
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  • Education is a cornerstone of GIGA - our approach depends on analyzing and learning from cycles of information. The beauty about education is that it never stops. We first educate ourselves, then we pass this along to university students and the masses. Our education outreach has been in place since GIGA was founded in 2008, lecturing at events and to design students at Tongji University, Raffles Design Institute, and Hong Kong University. These pieces and individual lectures are now gradually being built into an academic curriculum for positive impact design.

    GIGA's Curriculum includes three parts:

    Part One: Positive impact Framework
    Based on RESETTM principles, this big-picture framework sets the goals and thinking process to get there. As positive impact solutions depend on flexibility, this framework is certainly not a check-list. Rather, it introduces a critical thinking process to appropriately address problems to develop positive solutions, not new liabilities.

    Part Two: Ranking
    Problems need solutions, and each serves as a benchmark to learn from, and improve upon. Today's solutions should, logically, be better than those that were developed 5 years ago. We also believe that today's solutions, should be better than yesterday's solutions. We love ranking because it gets us closer to this point - real time improvements. Ranking offers a means to measure the success of our solutions. Our ranking eduction introduces principles from RESETTM, Cradle to Cradle, The Natural Step, Buckminster Fuller, and others.

    Part Three: Health and Toxicity
    Also a cornerstone of GIGA, the health impact of materials is what we're really after. If everything was produces from healthy chemicals, there would be little to worry about. GIGA would be irrelevant, which in many ways is the goal. Until we get there, designers need to be equipped to evaluate the impact of the materials they design with.

    GIGA's Curriculum evaluates from macro to micro - a strategy we have found most successful for developing positive solutions. This strategy is also the foundation of GIGA - we look first at the GIGA scale. To test these concepts, GIGA has initiated a material study program for students to better understand the materials (and their impact) that they design with. Some of these results are available in our blogs.

    We especially like working with university students, to deliver the freshest ideas and develop them in conjunction with them. These ideas are practical and useful, and can be the foundation for any designer's process in the professional world. Our goal in working with students is to help them develop positive design strategies for whatever design practice they are interested in. Students can design modern, classical, baroque, renaissance, etc. houses, libraries, office towers, chairs, products, etc. Our role is not to tell students what to design, rather it is simply to enable them to design healthy, safe, and positive solutions.  




    Tongji students have a lecture at URBN Hotel (Shanghai), Asia's first carbon neutural hotel.


    "Can your Grandfather understand your presentation?". Raefer, GIGA Founder

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