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Category: Civic and Social Entrepreneurship

The Circular Economy

What idea in the CE resonated with you? Why?

The idea that an entire economy can rely solely on itself struck me as interesting. They outright ban the use of plastic materials, they instead recycle the plastic and reuse it.


How has today’s lesson on the CE changed your mind or understanding about something?

After todays lesson I understand that the CE is an overall more reliable economy that had far more beneficial long term effects.


Why is the CE being taught in this subject? What impact will it have on your learning?

The CE is all about reducing waste in your designs and creating a more sustainable economy, if we can learn about how we can make our design more sustainable and reusable we can apply these methods to our own design.

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How have you tested your prototype/ideas so far?

Last Class, after I finished the exterior and layout of my design, I went back after and asked myself what my project was missing that I would be important. I concluded that my design could use cheap system for cooling in the summertime because the temperature outside can get up 105 fahrenheit. With a black house that absorbs heat, this could be a big problem.

The solution I came up with is a system that collects rainwater and stores it several meters underground in a collective tank. The water will then be filtered and used for cooling as well as drinking.


My audience also comes for an extremely poor background- the slums- so I needed to make sure that my house was accessible to them. In order to do that I needed to prices. I did that by reducing the costs of maintenance on my house as well as providing a somewhat renewable food source. I built my house out of strong materials so they last long. I also build a small farm atop my house that provides food for my residents and helps the environment.

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How well does what you have created fit what you planned?

At the moment, my design fits what I planned very well. I had planned on creating a minimalistic, affordable house for people living in the slums of India.

Some of the main features in my design include:


-Environmentally Friendly


-Low Maintenance


-Cheap heating/cooling


The reason these features fit my design is because almost all of these features tie back to affordability which was the main goal with this home.

I intend on putting the final details in this class, as well as working on some of the interior design.

Shelter V2 Reflection

What will you do differently next time?

Content: Next time I will probably add more detail to my systems. For example, pipes to the water filtration system, furniture for the inside, and maybe plants inside the plantation dome.



Develop and Plan:

How did you develop multiple ideas? Would you do it again? Why/ Why not?

I developed many new ideas, such as, adding solar panels, food dome for growing plants, and filtering waste water to recycle. I will add all of those to my next design because I think those were the best ways to create renewable sources, cheaply and space efficiently.

What did you enjoy in the planning stage?

I enjoyed looking at different ways to renewably create food, water, and energy and thinking about how I could incorporate it into my design.

How will you better include concepts from responsible design in your next challenge?

I feel like I have already use many concepts from responsible design. None of my systems are bad for the environment and it’s all renewable.


Create and Refine:

What does your model show about you as a learner?

I feel like the renewability of my design shows my problem solving skills. I also feel like the uniqueness shows how I researched a lot for some of my systems

Design Shelter V1

This is a short introduction to the first design of my Survival Shelter.


One thing I’d do differently:

Add more detail- Maybe I’d work on the furniture on the inside so I could have more detail in the overall design.


One thing I did well:

I think I incorporated Social Studies into my project well. I solved realistic problems that are applicable to a survival shelter.

CASE Introduction

  1. Social studies is the study of people and their relation to each other and in relation to the world. Humanities are academic disciplines that study aspects of human society and culture.
  2. The only big design idea that I learned was that planning is very important. Without it you could be halfway through and forget to do something that should have been done in the beginning.
  3. I would assume that combining the two subjects is more realistic to real life. For example, solving problems based on past events is a real life skill.



I think playing disrupt was interesting because it made us really engage and think about ways to improve day-to-day objects. Although we didn’t get to play long, I feel like I got to fully experience the game and now I understand how it works for the most part. I look forward to playing this game again because I think it’s a good warm up for design class as it makes me think.

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