woensdag 27 april 2011

STERKER door immigratie / Gerd Leers



Onterecht, ervoer ik vorige week bij een ontmoeting in Maastricht met Massoud, een afgestudeerde van de Design Academy van Eindhoven.

Op zijn veertiende was hij ons land binnengekomen als vluchteling uit Afghanistan. Zijn vader was omgekomen in de burgeroorlog en zijn moeder en zusjes werden bedreigd. Nederland leek een goed land voor een nieuwe toekomst.

Hij kreeg een verblijfsvergunning, ging naar school en leerde de taal. Zijn leven lang, ook in Afghanistan, had hij allerlei ideeën omgezet in schetsen. Hij bundelde zijn beste ontwerpen in een portfolio en werd uiteindelijk toegelaten tot de Design Academy. Hij liet me zijn prijswinnende afstudeerproject zien. Het was een door de wind aangedreven mijnenvernietiger.

Een reusachtige ronde bol met schoepen aan de buitenkant die hij over de winderige Afghaanse vlakten wilde laten rollen.
Als het in aanraking komt met een landmijn ontploft deze. Voor alle duidelijkheid: in Afghanistan liggen zo'n tien miljoen oude landmijnen.

Ik heb zijn ontwerp doorgegeven aan mijn collega van Defensie; wellicht kan het worden getest en wordt zijn droom werkelijkheid.

Het mes zou dan aan twee kanten snijden, een impuls voor de economie van Nederland en een bijdrage aan een veiliger Afghanistan.

Daar wordt hij beter van, maar daar wordt Nederland ook sterker, innovatiever van.

bron:
http://www.limburger.nl/article/20110409/REGIONIEUWS01/110409579/1056

Art That Can Save Your Life | wbpllc.wordpress.com


During his childhood in Afghanistan, Massoud Hassani would make miniature models to be blown by the wind. Sometimes they would end up in a minefield, where he could not retrieve them. Now Massoud’s wind-powered creations are designed specifically for minefields.


read the whole article at:
http://wbpllc.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/eindhoven-salone-milan-2011-design-academy-nl/

maandag 25 april 2011

Justin Mcuirk on design - The Guardian

Designs for life won't make you a living
The 50th Milan furniture fair was crawling with millionaires – but are designers being exploited by having to make work for free?




Finally, the show by recent graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven demonstrated again that no other school consistently produces such imaginative work. Massoud Hassani's wind-powered anti-landmine ball was inspired by his native Afghanistan, a country rumoured to have more mines than people. Even more impressive was Dirk van der Kooij's use of a retired production robot from a Chinese factory to print out chairs made of plastic from old fridges.

Eindhoven's students are going places. The question is: where? As design schools churn out ever more graduates, their future looks ever more precarious. There are some important lessons to be learned, though. Today's designers need to be tougher business people; they need to negotiate harder and hold on to their copyright. But if there is one moral to this story it is this: design is a way of life that so many people want to participate in, they'll do it whether or not there's a viable living in it. Even some of the manufacturers are haemorrhaging cash to hold on to this dream within a dream.

read the whole article at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/apr/18/designs-milan-furniture-fair

Eindhovens Dagblad





Van een heel andere orde is 'Mine Kafon' van Massoud Hassani. Vroeger maakte de Afghaan graag kleine modellen die door de wind werden meegevoerd. Nu heeft hij een bal gemaakt die eveneens door de wind wordt meegevoerd met de bedoeling om landmijnen te laten exploderen. "Er zijn 30 miljoen landmijnen in mijn land en 26 miljoen mensen..." Met zijn bijna poëtisch uitziende objecten moet dat recht te trekken zijn. Hoop je.




read the whole article at:
http://www.ed.nl/uitcultuur/cultuur/8503997/Piano-maakt-muziek-op-kaart-van-Eindhoven.ece

A wind powered ant!landmine ball



During his childhood in Afghanistan, Massoud Hassani would make miniature models to be blown by the wind. Sometimes they would end up in a minefield, where he could not retrieve them. Now Massoud’s wind-powered creations are designed specifically for minefields. Like a giant clump of dandelion seeds, his Mine Kafon will roll about, detonating any mines in its path. “There are 30 million land mines in Afghanistan and 26 million people, so that’s more mines than people,” Massoud says. Each deminer is to have a GPS tracking device linked to a website showing which areas have been cleared

link to the website
http://www.designacademy.nl/SaloneMilan2011/Work/tabid/1842/ctl/Detail/mid/2958/xmid/8711/xmfid/3/Default.aspx

Core 77



As always, the graduate projects fro m Design Academy Eindhoven had quite an impressive showing this year with everything from material explorations to animal habitats and repurposed tooling machinery. Check out our quick snapshot of some of our favorite student work from this year's presentation.

Design Academy Eindhoven
curated by Ilse Crawford
Studio Zeta
26, Via Fruili, Milano



http://core77.com/blog/salone_milan/salone_milan_2011_design_academy_eindhoven_19070.asp

Designer blog.it




Finire a Porta Romana durante la design week milanese è un po’ come andare ad una gita “fuori porta”: hai sempre la sensazione di dover affrontare un piccolo viaggio, lontano dai circuiti più affollati e frequentati del Fuori Salone. Ma questa volta il viaggio vale il suo scopo, merito dell’esposizione -a detta di molti- più “intensa” dell’intera settimana.

Qual è, dunque, il protagonista di questo celebrato passaparola? La risposta è prevedibile solo a metà: trattasi infatti della Design Academy Eindhoven, istituzione universitaria guidata da illustri designer (Bakker, Edelkoort) e da anni fucina di talenti (Baas, Forma Fantasma), mai in grado, fino a questo momento, di rendere un vecchio adagio, quello per cui l’allievo supera il maestro, vicino alla realtà di fatti.

Solamente fino ad ora, però. Il merito dell’esposizione, molto omogenea nella qualità dei lavori presentati, sta tutto nel metodo che li accomuna, centrato su un’attività di problem solving che parte con una ricerca, arriva a una domanda, e fa del progetto una risposta logica, concreta, e allo stesso tempo immaginifica e umana. In poche parole quello che a Eindhoven chiamano “conceptual design in contest”.

Guardate ad esempio all’immagine che vedete sopra: la grande palla è una sminatrice a bassissimo costo progettata da Massoud Hassani per mettere in sicurezza i territori dell’Afghanistan, ricorrendo solo alla forza del vento ed eliminando il rischioso intervento umano. I lavori tessili sullo sfondo, invece, sono pensati non in funzione dei consumatori finali ma dei suoi designer-artigiani, persone con malattie mentali che, a seconda del tipo di handicap, possono tessere con più facilità una trama o un’altra.

Begli esempi di applicazioni innovative, a cui si affiancano molte altre ricerche tese ad esplorare nuove soluzioni formali, funzionali, o a lanciare idee provocatorie che mettono in discussione punti di vista apparentemente scontati. Vi siete persi l’esposizione? Non mancate allora di visitare lo speciale di Eindhoven dedicato al Salone, dove troverete tutti i progetti e i relativi designer.

Vogue Living Australia




This Way, Design Academy Eindhoven graduate exhibition, Studio Zeta, Via Friuli 26


The Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) graduate exhibition is an eagerly anticipated part of Milan design week. This year’s exhibition was called ‘This Way’ and was once again curated by British designer Ilse Crawford (coincidentally, the guest editor of the May/June issue of Vogue Living), who is head of the school’s Department of Man and Wellbeing. Projects from over 40 graduates from the school’s 2010 Bachelors and Masters programs were on display.

Some of the work that caught the Vogue Living team’s attention included an anti-landmine device, below, inspired by the Afghan-born designer Massoud Hassani‘s experience growing up in areas littered with minefields. The wind-powered creation takes its shape from miniature models Hassani created as a child and clumps of dandelion seeds, and is designed to roll around a field detonating the mines it encounters. According to the Academy, the Dutch department of Defence is in talks with the designer about using a GPS-linked version of his device.

Article by Vogue Living Australia
http://blog.vogueliving.com.au/2011/04/15/milan-design-week-thursday-14-april-2011/