D-Lab/International Design

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D-Lab: Design (EC.720J/ 2.722)

Addresses problems faced by underserved communities with a focus on design, experimentation, and prototyping processes. Particular attention placed on constraints faced when designing for developing countries. Multidisciplinary teams work on long-term projects in collaboration with community partners, field practitioners, and experts in relevant fields. Topics covered include design for affordability, manufacture, sustainability, and strategies for working effectively with community partners and customers. Students may continue projects begun in EC.701.

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D-Lab: Design for Scale

Focuses on product development of technologies for people in less industrialized markets. Students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop previously established prototypes or technologies towards manufacturing-ready product designs. Topics are presented within the context of the developing world and include technology feasibility and scalability assessment; value chain analysis; product specification; design for affordability, manufacturability, usability, and desirability; and product testing and manufacturing at various scales.

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D-Lab: Development (G)

Issues in international development, appropriate technology and project implementation addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Students form project teams to partner with community organizations in developing countries, and formulate plans for an optional IAP site visit. (Previous field sites include Ghana, Brazil, Honduras and India.) Recitation sections focus on specific project implementation, and include cultural, social, political, environmental and economic overviews of the target countries as well as an introduction to the local languages.

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D-Lab: Development (U)

Issues in international development, appropriate technology and project implementation addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Students form project teams to partner with community organizations in developing countries, and formulate plans for an optional IAP site visit. (Previous field sites include Ghana, Brazil, Honduras and India.) Recitation sections focus on specific project implementation, and include cultural, social, political, environmental and economic overviews of the target countries as well as an introduction to the local languages.

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D-Lab: Disseminating Water/Environment, Sanitation and Hygiene

Focuses on disseminating Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) or water/environment innovations in developing countries and underserved communities worldwide. Structured around field-based learning, case studies, lectures and videos in which teams propose an idea and are mentored through the process of bringing that innovation to fruition.

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D-Lab: Earth

Multidisciplinary seminar that explores the dynamic nexus connecting natural resources, global biodiversity, and human well-being. Includes guest lectures, experiential activities and projects. Covers topics such as reforestation, poaching, eco-tourism, ecological sensing, and governance. Develops skills in cross-cultural engagement, ecological measurement, and sustainable technology or value chain design. Potential opportunities for travel.

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D-Lab: Education & Learning (G)

Explores education in learning environments around the world that are hindered by challenges such as limited resources, language barriers, large class sizes, and entrenched pedagogy. Through an overview of core teaching skills that emphasize experiential and project-based learning, class provides the necessary background to nurture creativity in youth and develop methods of fostering design thinking, leadership, community, livelihood applications, and more.

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D-Lab: Education & Learning (U)

Explores education in learning environments around the world that are hindered by challenges such as limited resources, language barriers, large class sizes, and entrenched pedagogy. Through an overview of core teaching skills that emphasize experiential and project-based learning, class provides the necessary background to nurture creativity in youth and develop methods of fostering design thinking, leadership, community, livelihood applications, and more.

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D-Lab: Energy Applications (U) (Officially D-Lab: Energy II)

Engages students in advancing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 7, which seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy systems, through community-based approaches. Teams work on off-grid energy projects that focus on lighting, cooking, indoor heating, agricultural productivity, or other solutions to advance fieldwork with pre-selected community partners. Working at various stages along D-Lab’s Off-Grid Energy Roadmap, teams consider needs assessment, technology and business model identification, and implementation strategies.

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D-Lab: Energy Applications (G) (Officially, D-Lab: Energy II)

Engages students in advancing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 7, which seeks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy systems, through community-based approaches. Teams work on off-grid energy projects that focus on lighting, cooking, indoor heating, agricultural productivity, or other solutions to advance fieldwork with pre-selected community partners. Working at various stages along D-Lab’s Off-Grid Energy Roadmap, teams consider needs assessment, technology and business model identification, and implementation strategies.

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