Post 8: Brainstorming possibilities for a design response


In our week 7 brainstorming session we looked at our issues in relation to 5 questions to further unearth the possible design directions our projects could move toward. Throughout my process of investigation and research I have had a lot of confusion regarding which direction to take my project however as we progressed I was able to recognise that my interests lied in the areas of land, livelihood and climate change. With another brainstorming session we looked more closely at the specific issues of interest in relation to climate change with the following questions:

Who does it affect?

  • General public
  • Corporations and industry
  • Government and policy
  • Minority groups: the economically disadvantaged, physically isolated, underdeveloped communities
  • Future generations
  • Flora and fauna
  • Development
  • Lifestyle…

The list could go on forever as environmental issues are innately al encompassing however these are some more major groups which we identified.

What are the boundaries of the problem?

Ignorance and obliviousness I think is the major problem in regard to issues of population and climate change. Looking at how we live day to day and from the sample task I did with my partner previously in earlier weeks I recognised that climate change is an issue that dwells at the back of everyones minds and something that we all understand as being important but is not necessarily prioritised. We do small things like recycle and turn off the electricity but we have been complacent and forgotten that climate change is still occurring daily – that despite not seeing the changes as obviously it is still there. I believe this is most recognisable in the recent re-election of government whereby little reference to and discussion of environmental policy had occurred  at all. We are not future proofing enough in a time of urgency.

When does the problem occur? 

The issue of climate change is an ongoing occurrence that has been a slow but present build up since the beginning of Western industrialisation. These days it is still largely an issue of capitalism, corporations and human greed that has led to mass emissions and waste of resources and damages to the physical environment and atmosphere. The problem occurs daily in the inconsiderations of the environment which we have on a daily basis.

Where is the problem occurring?

The problem again is generally speaking everywhere. For my project specifically I’m interested in the Sydney region – specifically the urban centres along the coast where the majority of our population lives. Population increase, urgency and demand to live in developed urban areas affects how we as humans take and change the natural landscape of Australia as well which can seen in housing development and infrastructure.

Why is it important that the problem is fixed? What impact does it have on stakeholders?

It is an issue that is important in terms looking toward the future and how we plan for the lives of future generations so as to provide a framework for a healthy livelihood. This will also have an effect on industry whether it be resource suppliers or designers and engineers. Furthermore, it is also important in planning how we choose to maintain the cultural integrity of what we know as our city.

Draft Proposal

Type: Data Visualisation
Issue: Climate change, people and the future

The population density of Australia has been increasing at rates which are beyond what the capabilities of our existing resources and urban development and sprawl has become an active issue amongst the Sydney community. As we build higher to accommodate for a growing populace – whether that be from overseas or Australian – more and more younger generations are choosing to live in urban centres pushing the general population further into the coastal areas of Sydney.

In my visualisations I would like to look at the correlations between increasing temperature changes, water levels, population growth and development as well the physical changes in the landscape in the Sydney city as a way of creating awareness of how climate change is something that affects our lifestyles and standard of living. I’m looking to create an experiential data visualisation through colour and form to emulate a possible future.

%d bloggers like this: