Long Life Design + Anthropocene Week 4

From Tattfoo’s Visit.

Mr Tan really inspired me to think and do outside of our potential. He started off as an artists but now becomes the liaison person between the secular world and the natural world. A lot of his works take use of many natural resources that we wouldn’t normally use. The left over clothes that turn into soft blanket, the raw walnuts that turn into dye for beautiful scarf, and so on. He told us about this treasure box that can be obtained without killing other animals or trees. I enjoy seeing the objects he brought. They surprised me about how much potential you can pull out from something we called garbage nowadays.  Capitalism uses commercial to brainwash everyone in order for us to always shop for new things. However, at the end, we haven’t fully use what have to it’s full potential. I still have a top from Zara and I had wear it for 9 years.  Even if it’s fast fashion clothes, it can last several years instead of buying it every year.


The News

Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf is getting close to a full break. It showed a map of the place and the crack is the red line. It looks huge. According to New York Times: “the crack has grown by the length of about five football fields each day.”


It shows that global warming is not a false joke that we talk about everyday. There are glaciers and lands that had been crack or move away everyday.

Some parts of crack are 100 miles in length, and some parts  are as wide as two miles. Once all the cracks a giant mark, the break will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded,

“The iceberg is likely to break free within the next few months,” said Adrian J. Luckman of Swansea University in Wales, who is a lead researcher for Project Midas.

When an ice shelf collapses, the glaciers behind it can accelerate toward the ocean which will cause it to melt and raise the sea level.



If I will take a guess on what will happen in 50 years, I will predict that  Antarctica will shrink by half of the size. In realities, I will probably not going to see Hawaii or other beautiful island in the future because after see level rising, they will be under the sea.

Design Talk

– At the start of the program Industrial Designer Fumikazu Masuda says, “we cannot continue like this, there is no future in mass production and consumption.” Do you agree?

I partially agree with this statement, but also partially disagree. Since the human population is growing and growing each day, mass production is unavoidable. I wish the future production can be a balance between recycle and mass produced production and gradually changes to all recyclable. 

– What was the transformative experience that made Matsuda realize he had a responsibility for what he designed?

When he realized the machine he designed is being toast into a beautiful river in Kyoto. 

– Do you think you would take better care of objects if you had to repair them?

I would, and I do think that when you repair something, you put more emotional attachment to the thing you fix.

– What are examples of materials that you could design with today, that could later return to the “natural cycle” (such as the bamboo that Masuda mentions)?

Spoons that’s made out of edible grains. The feces produced after digestion can be used as fertilizer. 


– Masuda says, “nobody wants to leave the next generation with nothing but trash.” Do you think designers should consider the ability for their designs to be repaired, as part of their initial design process? What else might help create less waste?

I do think we need to learn how to repair, in this way, designers can learn how many design works and also how much potential can one tiny design holds. Not only repairing things can reduce waste, educating people about it can also make them conscious about their actions. 

– What are the two things that Masuda says designers should be mindful of when designing (see timecode 20:00)? Why does he say this is important? Do you agree?

  1. design something simple that does not use a lot of resources
  2. Focus on natural material. 

If we follow these two steps, not only we are recycling our wasted materials but also using less resources on the way of making them. I think it is a double win for our resources. 

– What are you overall thoughts on this video? Did you enjoy it?

I do enjoy seeing design from different majors (fashion, industrial, interior…) all using sustainable thoughts in their design. This video makes me realize that our future will focus on how to save the earth, instead of making fast production. Maybe in the future, we will have more emotional attachment to what we own. 


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