DESIGN TENT 1.0: REFUNC Workshop
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM (PST)
College Park, MD
REFUNC is a design laboratory that utilizes discarded objects and bridges disciplines. Collaborators Denis Oudendijk and Jan Korbes (from the Netherlands and Germany, respectively) wanted to create a design labratory that would be spontaneous, challenging, creative and based on improvisation.
REFUNC (an apocope of "refunctionalize") uses a universal method of giving new purpose to locally available materials that have lost their value and come to be considered garbage. For REFUNC, making products and architecture from waste is a matter of common sense in a world where raw materials are becoming increasingly scarce.
REFUNC believes that anyone can do what they do. New things are only discovered by experimenting. Jan and Denis are active teachers and love to pass on their knowledge via workshops, where everyone can test their ideas out for themselves. They have traveled throughout Europe, Russia, and Africa, however they have not yet led a workshop in the United States. We are very excited to be the first University to host them!
The Maryland Design Impact Lab [mDIL] and the Linear Gallery will hold a two day workshop featuring, REFUNC [http://www.refunc.com/], where students from across disciplines will come together for a high intensity hands-on maker session. This workshop will be geared towards solving a particular issue on campus or in the immediate area. After quick brainstorming, a physical solution will be fabricated with locally found and salvaged materials. The product will be installed on campus. Process and results of the workshop will be documented in the Linear Gallery to extend the knowledge gained.
UPDATE: The Workshop will be held from 10am to 5pm (January 22-23) with lunch and snack breaks built in.
When & Where
The Linear Gallery and Maryland Design Impact Lab [mDIL]
Maryland Design Impact Lab [mDIL]: A cross-disciplinary student collaborative that leverages the diverse expertise of undergraduate and graduate students using design thinking methods to create positive social impact at multiple scales. This collaborative facilitates testing, making, and experimenting in order to implement ideas. Students are given the tools, process and an environment that nurtures design thinking, creativity, tinkering, entrepreneurship and innovation and are charged with acting on their ideas.
Linear Gallery: The Linear Gallery is a student directed exhibition space in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The mission of the gallery is to provide a forum for cross-discioplinary dialogue through the display of student work and accomplishments, as well as inspiring outside work. The Gallery was built upon the idea that innovation in the built environment cannot take place without a backdrop for ideas to be exchanged and realized.