DYA Design Your Action is born from the synergy of a group of designers from Mexico and Finland with different specialties, who share an interest in social welfare and trust in design as a generator of great changes for a collective benefit. It is a Civil Association that bases its function on the principles of Participatory Design, with the purpose of finding collaborative, innovative, relevant and effective solutions to complex situations within society.
Isla Urbana – a pioneer in the promotion of rainwater use and harvesting as part of a new model in the management of water supply and consumption in Mexico, where the benefits of the system to get access to water are recreated in informal settlements in the west of the capital.
Primal – a transdisciplinary study based in Mexico City that works on the development of projects, products and strategies, and the generation of spaces for action and reflection within the fields of visual culture, architecture, urbanism or brand architecture. They have been developing projects around the topic of uses of rainwater.
Kohler – an American manufacturing company based in Kohler (USA). It is best known for its plumbing products, but the company also manufactures furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines, and generators. The brand decided to redirect its core capabilities for the greater good, and design clean drinking water for those in the world that need it most.
Cuatro al Cubo – a collective of Mexican organizations dedicated to improving health and environmental aspects of living in cities
Postcards from the future
Guided by graduates of Centro University, participants were introduced to the logic of anticipatory thinking and analyzed the signs around access to clean water. They sketched alternative long-term scenarios based on the collected information and elaborated postcards that will be “sent” from those alternative futures that they have imagined, suggesting strategies to embrace and inspire the present. This was a fast, thick, metacognitive and powerful experience.
Workshop coordinator: Karla Paniagua
Coaches: Matilde Breña, Mariana Dominguez, Edgar Flores, Nina Shor.