Michael Tougher

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I am a designer and inventor. I have recently graduated from Product Design Engineering at The University if Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art with a First Class.

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Natalie Jeremijenko Projects

OOZ by  Natalie Jeremijenko is a series a sites where animals and humans interact. Its interactions provide humans a set of actions, the animals provide the reactions and these couplets add to a collective pool of observations.


Amphibious-Sensors

One of the main projects form this is called  Amphibious Architecture. Sensors are placed into the river and monitor the water quality, presence of fish and human interest in the river ecosystem. The lights respond to the sensors and create feedback loops between the humans, fish and their shared environment. The project creates better understanding through a curiosity and engagement and establishes a two way interface. It makes the invisible visible and sparks public interest and discussion.

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Inhabit

Another of her projects involves improving urban farming and foods. One of her ideas is a practical solutions to encourage urban farming called AgBags seen above. These will become a Kickstarter campaign later this year. For designers like Natalie Jeremijenko who are trying to progress and change things, having a avenue such as Kickstarter allows them to get backing and funding but mainly to give their solution to the world. With the new industrial revolution it is now possible to take an idea to the world and for that idea to change things for the better. All designers trying to change things now have more power to do so.

 

Picture credit – AnimalArchitecture

Environmental Health Clinic

Natalie Jermijenko wants to redefine what we describe as health focusing  on environmental health. The problems can be shared and dealt with together through collective action as if we improve the environment personally it improve it for every one.

The theory is good and the idea is good but how exactly is the change implemented?

One example given in the video is of using a tadpole to act as a water bio-sensor  indicating the levels of pollutants and toxins in your local water supply. The idea is that you would take your tadpole out for a walk and with a “tadpole walker” which would start a conversation with our neighbours about your shared water quality. Personally I just think this is very silly and distracts from the very credible work and principle that it is based on. She claims to use new technology to actively improve the environment and this is a really opportunity to use technology such as sensors and the social technology of social sensors to share and actively improve your local water quality.

web-for-mussel

Another project is Mussel Choir. It is public artwork that turns mussels into instruments by using Hall sensors, which indicate the opening and closing of the shells, to give each of them a voice by converting the data into sound. The mussels are a biological meaningful measure of pollutants and this measure can then be relayed to the public in an exciting way to improve their understanding and awareness. Read more »

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Natalie Jermijenko

Natalie Jeremijenko – artist and engineer and my given designer for my Design and Technology class. The word designer is used loosely. Her diverse background extends to biochemistry, physics, neuroscience, engineering and computer science. She seeks to use new technologies and thinking for social and environmental good.

She runs NYUs Environmental Health Clinic which takes a new approach to health. It redefines health as not of the pharmaceutical type but environmental which we share and can improve together.

The environment is very important to Natalie Jermijenko and she wants to actively improve it as she says environmentalism is not about cutting back but getting out and doing more. She poses the brilliant question of” how do we use the massive force of people as a social good?” The power of a collective social movement cannot be underestimated but how do you harness and encourage this. It is a question to which Natalie Jermijenko tries to provide a solution.

Her solutions are very simple, practical but very exciting and fun. Some of her best work will be discussed in future posts. Read more »

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