Designers showcased at international Milan exhibition

 

Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University is the only Canadian post-secondary institution exhibiting at this month’s international Design to Feed the World show at Cumulus Milan 2015. The university is represented by five design-focused projects:  

  • Pillflowers – Professor Lynne Heller’s portrayal of the omnipresence and abundance of pharmaceuticals in contemporary life
  • Earthbag – An exploration – by Inclusive Design master’s student Rushmita Alam – of jute’s potential to replace plastics for preserving and transporting food
  • Come Eat With Us – The Material Art & Design program’s artistic reflection on the historical relationship with food and utensils
  • Ninutik – Professor Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault’s designs for maple-sugar food and related packaging
  • grOCAD – OCAD U’s student-led incubator for urban agricultural projects

OCAD U’s exhibition materials – pop-up pylons made of recyclable cardboard – were installed on site by Industrial Design student Tom Doughty. A member of grOCAD and a research assistant with the Digital Media, Research + Innovation Institute, Doughty was impressed by the range of the other exhibits inside Milan’s Fabbrica del Vapore. “It was great to see such high-calibre international work – from New York to Pretoria, and from across Europe. I was especially impressed by the theoretical sophistication of the European contributions, as well as the integration of urban and rural in many historic European cities, which bridges the divide between farm and city that’s often present in Canada.”

Design to Feed the World brings together projects by students and research teams from academic institutions that belong to Cumulus (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media). The exhibition was inspired by Expo Milano 2015’s theme “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life,” and sought to highlight the place of design in the broad world of nutrition. Because Canada did not have a presence at Expo Milano, OCAD U’s participation in Cumulus was a rare opportunity to feature Canadian innovations.

 

 

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University is the only Canadian post-secondary institution exhibiting at this month’s international Design to Feed the World show at Cumulus Milan 2015. The university is represented by five design-focused projects:  

  • Pillflowers – Professor Lynne Heller’s portrayal of the omnipresence and abundance of pharmaceuticals in contemporary life
  • Earthbag – An exploration – by Inclusive Design master’s student Rushmita Alam – of jute’s potential to replace plastics for preserving and transporting food
  • Come Eat With Us – The Material Art & Design program’s artistic reflection on the historical relationship with food and utensils
  • Ninutik – Professor Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault’s designs for maple-sugar food and related packaging
  • grOCAD – OCAD U’s student-led incubator for urban agricultural projects

OCAD U’s exhibition materials – pop-up pylons made of recyclable cardboard – were installed on site by Industrial Design student Tom Doughty. A member of grOCAD and a research assistant with the Digital Media, Research + Innovation Institute, Doughty was impressed by the range of the other exhibits inside Milan’s Fabbrica del Vapore. “It was great to see such high-calibre international work – from New York to Pretoria, and from across Europe. I was especially impressed by the theoretical sophistication of the European contributions, as well as the integration of urban and rural in many historic European cities, which bridges the divide between farm and city that’s often present in Canada.”

Design to Feed the World brings together projects by students and research teams from academic institutions that belong to Cumulus (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media). The exhibition was inspired by Expo Milano 2015’s theme “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life,” and sought to highlight the place of design in the broad world of nutrition. Because Canada did not have a presence at Expo Milano, OCAD U’s participation in Cumulus was a rare opportunity to feature Canadian innovations.