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Design as Adaptation

Design As Adaptation

Environmental change is becoming more present as each season goes by. While it may seem small and sometimes unnoticeable, it is something that design cannot continue to ignore. Summers are getting hotter, winters are getting colder, oceans are rising, and lands are changing their composition. With increasing population and decreasing resources we have helped speed up the inevitable flux and flow of the Earth's environmental cycle and we are being faced with it today, tomorrow and most defiantly down the line. 

How is the future climate change likely to affect human evolution?
— Climate.gov

 

We planned to develop a collection of objects, and wearables that address what it means to live in these scenarios. Through research in identifying  trends in weather patterns we learned that

  • Climate change is effecting our landscapes now

  • Extreme weather is becoming more of a norm

  • Over the next 100 years we will experience a drastic change in weather patterns

  • The effects are not equal across the Earth

  • Climate change is a mega trend

 
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The environmental changes we choose to address

Storm Environment

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Changes in precipitation causing more snow fall

Flood Environment

More droughts and heats waves

Drought Environment

Sea levels will rise

 
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Pant boots

Flotation devices

Water purifying kit

Water proof objects

Walking Stick

Reflective Gear

 
 

Outer puff shell

Inside-Outside layers

Water resistant

Goggle Hood

Warm face feature

Reflective

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Face and eye protection

Sun protection

Dual clothing for extreme heat vs extrema cold

Breathable

Thermal covers

Shade Shelter

Water Collection Device

Storage of water

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Drought Environment

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Snow Environment

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Flood Environment

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Final Looks

This Page is a WIP

 
It is our survival challenge for the future. I think it’s going to present some of the same kinds of challenges our ancestors faced: vastly changed landscapes, and ways of life that may no longer be able to thrive or even exist. It will continue to test how flexible and adaptable humans are.
— Rick Potts the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program