Extreme and Adaptive Design (EAD)

Maria Giovanna Trotta, Luis Adolfo Márquez Valdés


The design process is influenced by several variables and is based upon diverse resources. Time and budget determine the limitations of the strategies which define product development. Designers are increasingly facing new challenges/ problems, for example, they must consider the brief, new local and global changes, new trends, and the knowledge and technological tools available to satisfy, anticipate or guide the needs of the users. Formal and informal approaches are used to gather information, gain better understanding and reduce the distance between users and designers in order to identify the best opportunities. Decision-making is based on different tools depending on whether the demand is local, national or international. The paper describes EAD (Extreme Adaptive Design), a design methodology with the aim of providing sustainable bio-inspired solutions which can be used for developing new design concepts related to the anticipation of extreme weather conditions due to potential natural disasters. Visionary designers or students can use the methodology for a better understanding of present and future global challenges, for managing conceptualization within the parameters of efficiency, for stimulating systemic reasoning and for developing new bio-inspired solutions.

Keywords: sustainability, biomimicry, eco-design.

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