The night of the Never Ending Project initiated in 2014 by Dolly Daou, Melbourne Design Factory at SUT, Gérard Vallin, Jean Lelay, ESAG Penninghen, Paris, and Jane Smith from the School of Visual Arts Interior Design (SVAID), New York
The Never Ending Project (NEP) is a multi-disciplinary collaborative and online global design studio. The Project was initiated in 2014 by Dolly Daou, Gérard Vallin, Jean Lelay, and Jane Smith©. The Project explores the global realities of design and education from a variety of cultural and technological perspectives.
The names above include the initiators and coordinators of the Never Ending Project.
Using Slack and Zoom technology to communicate NEP used an international online platform for one week for twenty-four hours around the different time zones between Paris, Melbourne and New York. The outcome of the project was to design a drone docking station and recharge port, with a full documentation package ready to be constructed at 1:1 scale. This intensity offered the students a sense of “virtual travel” to different continents without leaving their classrooms.
Students from Paris, Melbourne and New York worked as a large design team on one design project and were able to observe first-hand how different cultures and design pedagogies could inform a myriad of different approaches to the same design challenge.
The project offered the students an insight into global issues as well as into design practice. Students were exposed to new ways of thinking, designing and communicating to their organisers and to their peers during this intensive week. This exposure, this cracking of the shell of one’s own prescribed notions and preconceived design ideas, is something that often happens while travelling.
Using interactive video conferencing and online platforms students worked 24 hours across continents in order to design a drone docking station that address the branding identity of each city.
The project challenged the traditional methods of teaching interior architecture. Using the high-speed of technology and the interactive social media platform NEP created a virtual studio across continents in order to design and document a drone docking station; adapted to the regional identity of each city. NEP team of students and educators brought multiple nationalities and cultures together, through a unified language of peace and design.
At the end of the project students received a certificate of participation from all three universities and the coordinators organised synchronised exhibition between the three different time zones.
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Also See Cumulus publication of NEP titled: ‘A never ending project into future design spaces’ http://www.cumulusnottingham2016.org
Also see media releases on the project: http://blog.sva.edu/2015/10/the-never-ending-project-designing-for-drones-across-continents/