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    Understand the multi faceted activity of designing the objects that find themselves in the environments we live and work in. This Seminar offers a new look at objects and discusses the broader issues surrounding them through a review of the design and development of an award winning chair and a rain water harvesting device.

    The objects we surround ourselves with affect us in meaningful ways – physically, emotionally and biologically. It is widely understood that many of the environmental problems we are experiencing are related to waste – the things we make use of and then throw away. There are many tensions between theses competing realistics.

    There is a new paradigm emerging that surrounds the way we make, use and discard these things. Considering a resource centered design approach offers new ways of thinking about them from a development and usability standpoint. These ideas have been explored in the development of 2 products – Ray is a conference chair design with a systems perspective and Cista is a rain water harvester optimized for urban environments.

    BIO: Lee Fletcher
    Lee has been an Industrial Designer since before he could manipulate his first lego block. He was educated in Canada and the UK achieving an MA in Industrial design from Manchester Metropolitan University, where he learned not simply ‘how’ we design but ‘why’ we design. He has been in the professional practice of Industrial Design for the better part of 20 years, split between consulting and manufacturing, in an attempt to round out his understanding of both ends of the  design through production process. His product experiences include: outdoor public playgrounds for the London Regional Children’s Museum, to dental equipment for Dentsply, technology equipment for NCR and office furniture for Teknion, Allseating and Nienkamper. Throughout these projects, a central theme has developed - a rational approach to form giving, and a constant search for the appropriate and balanced solution given a products context and a projects constraints.

    Appetizers & Cocktails will be served.

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    Location234 Bay Street, 4th Floor Toronto, ON M5K 1B2 (Map)
    Date & TimeMay 24, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m.

    NOTE: Registrants to go to the 4th floor, Heaslip Board Room in the Design Exchange.

    Time in 1337911200
    FeesFree to ARIDO Members!: $0.00
    ContactTo register please Contact Sarah asap to reserve your seat
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