Malnutrition affects 1 in 9 human beings. If we add to this the available data on access to drinking water sources, the picture gets alarming. The progress in food production techniques and water optimization is one of the few solutions capable of facing the situation, but too often this progress is addressed to the highest sections of the world population. Our Agriculture Unit, born from Bloom Project, operates specifically on this aspect, offering low-tech and low-cost solutions to build hydroponic cultivation systems.
The “Agritube” system makes it possible to grow up to 240 plants with 500 liters of water, using materials available locally and growing fresh food on any terrain. The technological contribution is minimal,in order to be usable even for those who have not received education. A solar panel supplies the energy necessary for the operation of the plant, thus making it suitable for off-grid rural contexts. The technology is constantly developing, by the end of 2020 we will propose other solutions for soilless cultivation in emergency contexts to add to the “Agritube” system.
Bloom Project is present in the African countries of Senegal, Kenya, Madagascar and Ivory Coast. The research laboratories are located at Padua at the University’s Department of Agronomy, Animals, Food, Natural Resources and the Environment.
1.2 billion people in the world do not have access to energy. They are people who live off-grid, that is, cut off from the national energy grid: the only alternatives lie within illegal supplies or fossil fuels. The houses are dark, if possible the children go to the sidewalks to study using the light of the street lamps. In other places, there is simply no light after sunset. Liter Of Light is an international movement with the aim to bring light where there isn’t, sharing the knowledge on how to build and repair solar lamps using recycled and waste materials. Starting from the favelas of Brazil, the Liter Of Light network has now more than 20 national offices spread across 3 continents of the world.
The technology behind lighting systems is simple, cheap and repairable: in this way, long-term sustainability is given to the activities to illuminate off-grid communities. Liter Of Light offers 4 solutions: LIGHTBOX (portable lamp), HOMELIGHT SOLUTION (internal lighting), STREETLIGHT (street lamps), SOLAR CHARGER (solar chargers for mobile phones).
From housing emergency to social housing. Modern living is increasingly looking like an emergency. The characteristics of today’s living require wide adaptability and at the same time high comfort. Simplicity, fast-paced usage and construction are needed, together with high environmental and comfort performances. Furthermore a high flexibility to different environments and climates, while not giving up on high quality standards.
“In its etymological meaning, the term evaluation refers to the idea of attributing value, of giving weight, of estimating, of taking into consideration.”
It is precisely for this purpose that the Ameba of Value was created, an experimental tool proposing a multidimensional assessment of regenerative processes, ranging between qualitative and quantitative aspects and capturing the various facets that represent the change generated in and by the process.
The Ameba of value is a methodology to be applied to regenerative processes born through a free and spontaneous appropriation of places or guided by an initial definition of objectives, actions and actors. A tool that provides an answer to the main needs for monitoring, measuring and communicating the value created in regenerative processes, through a hybrid approach between measuring the generated value and its effective return to the outside.
Ultimately, the modeling of a process that can be useful for communitie’s self-learning, therefore replicable autonomously and independently from them later. The goal of Ameba is to go beyond the mere and analytical measurement of the impact produced by a regenerative process, while setting up a broader and upstream process, aimed at understanding together with the community of reference what the change is thus generating (or not) and formulating its definition of value before going to measure it according to the indicators and sub-indicators developed in the context of urban regeneration.
Ameba was born in 2019 by two students of the U-Rise Master of the IUAV University of Venice and is initially tested at the regenerative experiences of the Filangieri Kindergarten in Naples and CasciNet, in Milan. It is now in its third replication, in Turin.
The application of design thinking shows that innovation can only be achieved through a human-centered design process that considers the complexity of social, human and economic contexts.
The goal of this unit is to trigger innovation processes focused on the people, through the methodologies and tools of Design Thinking, and to design, prototype and test solutions with the help of digital fabrication tools.
To do so the unit uses a tool developed internally: the IoT Design Deck, a co-design method that allows to introduce connected and “smart” solutions within the projects, overcoming the barriers related to technological skills and promoting dialogue between experts and stakeholders. Furthermore, to achieve alternative solutions, it is essential to develop physical and / or digital prototypes to be tested with end users to get to the co-creation of real products. Thanks to the laboratories of our partner Famo Cose, in this phase we can benefit from digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers, laser cutting, CNC. The unit also contributes to the creation of solutions for interactive exhibits, to support Glocal Impact Network’s communication activity.