Ryan Newson

Ryan Newson

Thesis Work

We’re becoming more interested in addressing a growing world population and its tremendous material waste stream. It’s necessary to develop a critical framework within which to create, and this idea is gaining momentum in the scientific, business and design worlds. This is paramount. However, it’s missing an important component. Without the development of a critical framework to examine ourselves within the larger systems we aim at changing, we stop short of a deeper understanding of the steps needed for such an overhaul to occur. Also, by keeping the level of discourse primarily in the realm of top-down strategies and systems theory, it works against addressing consumption and waste at the level of the individual citizen, where the greatest changes can occur.

To this end, I’ve reconstructed several versions of objects I use daily—lamps, couches, and dressers to name a few—using less materials and processes than their existing versions. This streamlining was accompanied with a self-examination of my daily habits, to see if there were any re-mixing, combination of uses, or functions I could implement with these objects, all with the hope of reducing my material footprint.

The aim was to project “depth” within these new design objects, all while centering around maintaining a lifestyle of existing desires, and using less materials. The process itself also serves as a methodology for further refinement and exploration. This project explores the possibility of maintaining an emotionally rich experience within the context of conservation.

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