Waste to Wonder

 Studio Outline

Design Process


 Learning Objectives

Studio Intro

  • Team & Coach Introduction 

  • Studio Overview 

  • Develop a design vocabulary

  • Understand design concepts introduced in the Studio

Intro Activity

  • Upcycled Accessory

  • Creative Perspective: develop new modes of thought 

  • Rapid Prototyping

  • Communication

Research & Contextualize

  • Why is plastic important?

  • Trace your Trash

  • Speculative Imaginings

  • Precedents

  • Understanding the problems that arise from waste

  • Forecasting possible futures & world building

  • Analyze efficacy of past projects


  • Biomaterials Lab 

  • Independent/Collective Brainstorming

  • Sketch Modeling

  • Connect material opportunities to current environmental issues
  • Communicate ideas effectively through application of concepts 

  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Active listening, deliberation, negotiation, consensus building, and productive use of conflict

  • Test opportunities found in materials through project experimentation

Midpoint Presentations

  • Presentation Prep

  • Critique and Feedback

  • Develop a rigorous and consistent documentation of work to increase self-awareness regarding design process

  • Effectively communicate process and products to collaborators, coaches and public viewers

Iterative Design

  • Incorporating feedback to your design

  • Storyboarding

  • Biodesign

  • Desk Critiques

  • Synthesize feedback

  • Keep an open mind, be receptive to peer feedback and constructive critique

  • Ability to reassess conceptual intention based on evidence uncovered in the iterative process.

  • Continue to refine ideas generated earlier by viewing project through an ecocentric lens

Advanced Prototyping

  • Intro to Rhino

  • Molding & Casting

  • Applying concepts & demonstrating acquired skills, with emphasis on tools and methodology


  • Technical Rendering

  • Software (Rhino/Illustrator) 

  • Practice technical literacy, establish comfort with using new tools and technology 

Final Presentation

  • Final Documentation

  • Presentation Prep

  • Reflection and communication

  • Effective communication of ideas and designs through oration, diagramming, and organizational presentation