This project is intended to preserve locally-cultivated design approaches and maintain the quality of work produced in Sri Lanka. During the semester break, first year students are taken on field trips across Sri Lanka to introduce them to local artisans, crafting villages and manufacturing facilities.
Lecturers: Anda Lupascu RGD, Alain Parizeau, Anandh Ramesh
So often, a designer or team of designers steps into a project with another culture and takes the attitude: “we know better and will solve your problems.” This colonial approach leads to work that treats a culture like a zoo animal, “look at how interesting this culture is...” This project avoids this by integrating humans, cultural narratives, aesthetic forms and beliefs. The aim of the project is lofty, critical and, as shown here, possible. The work is smart and beautiful, celebratory and inviting. Bravo!