Cumulus Working Groups meeting in Mumbai, India

In a Planet of Our Own conference
December 4, 2015

Cumulus Working Groups are members’ activity and initiative. The groups can meet on a regular basic or be one-time meetings.

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Cumulus Mumbai Design Conference
December 4, 2015
11:30 – 13:00

Panel Discussion on ‘Sustainability with Focus on Water’ (Main Auditorium)
Shyam Asolekar (CESE), Mariana Amatullo (Cumulus Board Member, Art Centre, USA), Nina
Sabnani (IDC, IIT Bombay), Michelle Laporte (Parsons), Deshna Mehta (Anugraha)

Working Groups:
Fashion and Textiles – Seminar Room:12 – Prof. Signe Kivi, EEA, Estonia (Chair)
Estonian Academy of Arts will present the documentary film „Out of Fashion“ (see context below) and we would like to discuss with the participants of the T&F WG, how we – teachers and designers from different countries and cultural backrounds see and solve these problems. We would like to point, where fashion and design education is today, enquire about the future of the fields and share our findings…
The question is: could there be a harmonious relationship between the unique design, funcional utility and suistainable production?
With the words of, Christian Guellerin, the former Cumulus President:
„…we must be full of hopes, because the mission of the designers is, as Sisyphe, to build and re-buil the world. And as educators, we have a responsibility of doing so.“

Context:
/… ever since fast fashion took the stage in the early ‘90s, priority has been given to cheap prices on garments. The goal is to find the cheapest fabric, the simplest cut, and the lowest priced vendor. Take a regular pair of jeans: the raw material is grown on South American cotton plantations, the fabric woven in India and the jeans sewn in Bangladesh. From there, the garment is shipped to stores all over the world. On its journey through the developing world, our everyday pair of jeans experiences physical abuse, child labor and 80-hour work weeks. And that’s why we’re able to buy cheap garments from stores. True, they only last one season due to poor quality and chemically processed fabrics. But this generally doesn’t bother consumers, as there are new, cheap products always waiting for them at the store.
So it’s no wonder that garments have lost their value and people consume them like disposable napkins. This system results in environmental destruction and enormous amounts of industrial waste…/

Out of Fashion

Furniture and Interior – Seminar Room:13 – Prof. Anders Brix, KADK, Denmark (Chair)
The meeting in the Furniture and Interior working group is open to anyone wishing to present research, student works or new ideas related to the topic ‘furniture, interior and sustainability’. Presentations of strategies, working methods or the like from departments working with these keywords are also welcome. The meeting will focus on sharing of knowledge, viewpoints and insights pertaining to the future development of the fields of interior and furniture, and facilitate discussions searching for possible future collaborations.

Product Design – Seminar Room:14 – Prof. Chakravarthy (Chair)
Social Design – Seminar Room:15 – Prof. Ravi Mokashi (Chair

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