The Future Living Studio (FLS -Hanoi) is the third iteration of this research project by the Sustainable Product Innovation Network (SPIN – http://www.spin-asia.org). FLS )(www.futurelivingstudio.com) investigates and embeds sustainable innovation in the local product and manufacturing industry.
It is a multilayered project that looks at end to end cycles of materials, suppliers production processes, user-life and the life after the user. Beyond this the project is developing relationships and exploring how sustainable modes of production can be embedded in industry through cross cultural skills exchange. In affect using this project and client as a prototype for a long term mission to embed and disseminate sustianable practice within Vietnamese product design industry.
This third chapter will be working with our client to develop a product series from bamboo and rattan for a Vietnamese green office. Green offices embed sustainable design and practice in the way in which the office is constructed and utilised. A core aspect is that the office is a enjoyable place to work – a productive, creative community as opposed to a chore and a brain drain.
We are currently engaging bamboo product suppliers and mapping their sourcing, preparation, assembly and distribution process and identifying opportunities in terms of environmental and social resilience. Of course such objectives here as much as anywhere need to be economically viable – sustainability is a lens however the solutions in the end must be economically profitable and possible for local suppliers to continue with once our design team is long gone.
There are incredible strengths and diversity within the industry here – a mixture of traditional and industrial practices and artisan skills. Beyond this the localised modes of production are far better than Australia. However as a developing Asian city the visibility of manmade environmental damage is overwhelming (curiously our Australian clean streeted cities are far worse in terms of pollutants).
This begs the question what really is sustainable practice, how can you encourage strengths and create alternative pathways where necessary?
SPIN is a program developed by DELFT University in collaboration with AIT, EU-SWITCH ASIA, United Nations Development Program