Design for Majority
Design to Live: “Inclusive Design in the Majority World”
Ricardo Gomes, B.A., M.F.A. Industrial Design, M.A. Architecture
This proposed paper outlines a sabbatical research project that is dedicated to developing and making accessible the late UCLA Industrial Design Professor, Nathan Shapira’s Archive, Professional and Scholarly Works. The initial focus of my sabbatical work has been to establish a segment of Nathan’s Archive in conjunction with the development of a Graduate Design Center for Global Needs and Community Development at SFSU.
The Sabbatical Research entitled: “Design to Live: Inclusive Design in the majority World,” addresses the three (3) topics that design education, ethics and practice must encompass in order to facilitate the responsible development of our future society in the 21st Century: (1) Design for the Majority; (2) Inclusive Design; (3) Sustainability. These topics constitute three converging principles that formulate the framework of “Design for Living and Social Responsibility.”
The objective of the research is to create a broader access and awareness of the benefits of design as a tool for development of society, design education, community engaged scholarship and community service learning applications. The objectives of this research is to establish an accessible, comprehensive resource and database for the promotion Design for Living and Social Responsibility with the intent of augmenting and facilitating research, education and collaborative project developments between university and industry-educational partners.
One of the primary research objectives will be to develop, document and publish the components of Prof. Shapira’s archive and research that addressed “Design for Low-Income Economies/Majority World countries.” This will cover work that Prof. Shapira addressed in the early years of ICSID with Josine des Cressonnières and Tomas Maldonado (1957 – 1977); his work at the University of Nairobi Design Department, the first design department in sub-Saharan Africa, 1969 – 1972; and his graduate design seminar curriculum and lectures at UCLA from 1965 – 1992.
The paper seeks to reconstitute and reconnect the efforts and dynamic interests in the Design community today with the Design for the Majority legacy that was established through ICSID and these great individuals at UCLA and the University of Nairobi. In this respect the learning outcomes from the research seeks to supports a design retrospective, renaissance and emergence relative to “Design to Live: Inclusive Design in the Majority World.”