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FROM CERAMIC SWIMMING POOLS FOR SNAKES TO HANDBAGS MADE OF SEATBELTS – A COLOURFUL SELECTION OF PROJECTS BY STUDENTS OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Last month the first group of students of sustainable design at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) presented their projects. The course, created by EAA in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre (SEI Tallinn) as part of the international student innovation project Innolabs, combined sustainable design and entrepreneurship, concentrating mainly on the practical side of design education.

“The aim of the sustainable design course was to give students the possibility to experience how to bring environmental and social aspects into their product development process, in addition to the aesthetic component, as well as analysing the life cycle of a product,“ Harri Moora, programme director at SEI Tallinn and one of the course lecturers commented.

The projects developed during the course took inspiration from the philosophy of the ethical fashion designer and guest lecturer Reet Aus and her trash to trend and upcycling design concept where high quality and innovative products are created from residue materials.

The three innovative eco-design projects by students were the rebranding of clothes brand HULA which was redesigned to become a pan-EAA eco-design brand, products designed for small animals in the Tallinn zoo as well as an overview of the environmental footprint of Tallinn City Theatre.

The idea of transforming the EAA clothes brand HULA to become an over-arching EAA brand was fuelled by the wish to promote a sustainable approach and collaboration between all departments of the Academy of Arts. The products created by the principle of upcycling included handicraft notebooks created from students’ old sketches and paintings, dice-shaped penholders made of clay and porcelain leftovers, cutting boards made of oak wood residue and accessories created of scraps of leather, lamp shades, rolled steel and used safety belts.

The second team of students presented smart and innovative products for small animals at the Tallinn zoo. The product development process in this project included surveys among the zoo’s employees and visitors as well as research about the animals’ habitat and necessary conditions. The origins of the basic materials were also mapped adding to the sustainability of the project. One of the products developed was a module nest for rodents made of edible and chewable wood, making also sure animals would not be bored in their cage. As the chewed wood details are easily replaceable, another sustainable layer was added to the project. Another presented design item was an ecological swimming pool for snakes made of clay and porcelain scraps – a product Tallinn zoo was in desperate need of instead of plastic consumer products. For this given product, the students have already reached an agreement to continue producing them for the zoo in larger quantities.

The third team of students worked on the environmental analysis of Tallinn City Theatre building carried out for the first time. The process included the mapping of problems, the setting of goals and the marking of the “ten environmental commandments” for the theatre. In addition, the students also helped to reorganize the public rooms of the theatre and to design a new theatre hall, with the set design of the play Master and Margarita.

The sustainable
design pilot course lasted a year and was open to EAA master’s degree students
from all disciplines. The course was financed by the Erasmus+ project Innolabs in
the framework of which innovative eco-design projects were created by students
at EAA as well as in Latvian and Cypriot universities. The course culminated
with the creation of the EAA Sustainable Design Lab where the sustainable
design course will continue to be taught next academic year.

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PRESENTATION OF THE SUSTAINABLE DESIGN MA COURSE STUDENT PROJECTS AND LAUNCH OF THE SUSTAINABLE DESIGN LAB (SDL) AT THE ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS

Students of the Sustainable Design MA course at the Estonian Academy of Arts will be presenting their ecodesign products and the Sustainable Design Lab (SDL) will be launched on May 18th at 14.00 in Hobuveski (Lai 47, Tallinn)

EAA’s master’s course students 2015/2016 of the sustainable design course will present their design in in the field of eco-design.

EAA’s fashion design brand HULA will be rebranded, the environmental footprint of Tallinn City Theatre will be revealed and newly developed products for small animals of of the Tallinn Zoo will be presented. The annual course of sustainable design for MA students of the EAA together with the Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre, Erasmus + Innolabs project and with many other partners will culminate in a new laboratory for sustainable design at the Estonian Art Academy.

We will show the updated wastemapping site of www.reuse.ee, which will be also a platform for the new products of HULA. Trash to Trend (TTT) brings together designers from different countries, who use the excess materials for their new products,. TTT works as educational base for the new SDL laboratory. To each product will get a transparent calculator that provides the customer with information about what, where and by whom the product has been designed and manufactured.

Agenda:

14:00 Introduction – Reet Aus

14:10 Summary of the SDL course and results of Innolab project – Inga Raukas and Harri Moora

14:30 Rector of EAA Mart Kalm will announce the start of a Sustainable Design Lab at EAA

14:45 MA student project presentations will be introduced by Markus Vihma

a) HULA team

b) Zoo team

c) City Theatre team

15:45 Feedback and questions

16:00-17:00 Networking and refreshments from the restaurant “V”

Welcome to the creative and innovative environment of Estonian Academy of Arts! You will not want to miss that, because of the best restaurant of Tallinn restaurant “V” will offer snacks and drinks!

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INNOLABS PROJECT STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP 2

Date: 6th of October from 11.00-13.00

Venue: , Viru Sokos Hotel conference centre http://ettevotluspaev.tallinn.ee/ettevõtluspäev-2015

Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) is developing a new platform for design and innovation. The aim is to accelerate practical and problem-based design education in the EAA. The new design and innovation platform is based on the international Design Factory concept designed to facilitate new forms of education and collaboration in an environment where students, researchers and companies work together. The focus of the EAA innovation and design platform is on environmental and sustainability issues.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce the EAA Design Factory concept and a new Sustainable Design course model which is one of the main activities of the planned design platform. Furthermore, the main outcomes of the INNOLABS project feasibility study (strengths and weaknesses of the Estonian innovation and education system) are discussed.

The workshop is targeted mainly to representatives from enterprises, research and development institutions and other possible cooperation partners.

Programme

· Introduction of the workshop (Harri Moora, SEI Tallinn)

· Presentation of the INNOLABS project and the planned design and innovation platform and new Sustainable Design course – Inga Raukas (EAA)

· Development of Estonian innovation system and support services for business innovation – Piret Potisepp (Counsellor at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications)

· Eco-innovation in Estonian companies – Mihkel Krusberg (Estonian Ministry of Environment)

· Best practices to integrate research and innovation in Estonian SMEs through the cooperation with universities: the case of Reet Aus Design – Reet Aus (EAA, Reet Aus Design Ltd)

· Discussion

The organisation of the workshop and development of the EAA design platform is carried out in the frame on the international project “INNOLABS – a way to sustainable and socially responsible growth” that is funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme. The project aims to raise bottom-up innovation capacity for the benefit of sustainable and socially responsible growth in Estonia, Latvia and Cyprus, based on the experience from Denmark and the Netherlands.

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INNOLABS PROJECT STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP 1

Date: 15th of September from 14.00-17.00

Venue: Von Krahl Theatre, small hall http://www.vonkrahl.ee/en/info/

Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) is developing a new platform for design and innovation. The aim is to accelerate practical and problem-based design education in the EAA. The new design and innovation platform is based on the international Design Factory concept designed to facilitate new forms of education and collaboration in an environment where students, researchers and companies work together. The focus of the EAA innovation and design platform is on environmental and sustainability issues.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce the EAA Design Factory concept and a new Sustainable Design course model which is one of the main activities of the planned design platform. Furthermore, the experiences other universities are shared as well as possible cooperation and collaboration possibilities discussed.

The workshop is targeted to representatives from universities, research institutions, innovation and design networks, Science Parks and other possible cooperation partners.

Programme

14.00-14.30 Introduction of the workshop and participants (Reet Aus, EAA)

14.30-15.00 Overview of the design and innovation education and practice in Estonia – results of the Innolabs project feasibility study (Harri Moora, SEI Tallinn)

15.00-15.45 The planned design and innovation platform and new Sustainable Design course (Inga Raukas, EAA)

15.45-15.00 Coffee

15.00-15.30 The experiences design and art education in the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Canada (Emily Carr University of Art + Design)

15.30-17.00 Discussion

The organisation of the workshop and development of the EAA design platform is carried out in the frame on the international project “INNOLABS – a way to sustainable and socially responsible growth” that is funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme. The project aims to raise bottom-up innovation capacity for the benefit of sustainable and socially responsible growth in Estonia, Latvia and Cyprus, based on the experience from Denmark and the Netherlands.

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