Good Practice 2014
Category: Projects, proposals, methodologies and studies
Portal 48, Espacio para la creación SL
This project is developed by Portal 48, Espacio para la creación, S.L., co-promoted by the University of Vigo (through the deputy vice-chancellor of Pontevedra University Campus) and also by the Pontevedra Town Hall. We wanted to go into detail about the difficulties posed by the “design for all” project applying it to the urban furniture design and by establishing a fundamental premise of interdisciplinary and collaborative work.
The project not only aimed at the raising awareness but also the development of teaching strategies and the creation of knowledge networks. This would make the issue visible by trying to find formal solutions which would be applicable to all users. Apart from that, the involvement of the industry (in collaboration with the Confederation of Wood Entrepreneurs) in the development of functional and viable products in terms of commerciality and they should also possess an accessible and universal design.
This project achieved the following objectives:
- Undergraduates belonging to the degrees of Pontevedra University Campus in the University of Vigo (forest engineering, education and sport sciences, physiotherapy, nursing, audiovisual communication and fine arts) had the opportunity to participate in this project for a change in the mentality towards the responsible use. They had the possibility to be the protagonists and to be aware of this change in mentality through collaborative work with interdisciplinary teams like specialists’ networks. In this way, even major objectives can be achieved.
- The citizens of the City of Pontevedra (role model city in terms of accessibility at international level) could participate actively in the urban furniture design of their own environment. They participated in interdisciplinary teams in order to put into practice their knowledge for a design and production based on this responsible use movement.
- The citizens and the undergraduates were able to make the productive market public from different academic degrees by means of collaboration. This collaboration was put at the service of the social welfare.
- It was a unique opportunity to pioneer this social initiative for the Galician business network (in this case, the market in the furniture trade). It was done taking into account the design and the construction of their products and the University-enterprise collaboration for the development of its social commitment.