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Technology Design for Coffee Production

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Silvia Buitrago

Silvia Buitrago 

In the Civic Media group, we are exploring new theoretical frameworks for design, and novel design education methodologies that serve a future celebrating the pluriversal rather than the universal.

The “Technology Design for Coffee Production in Colombia” is an educational intervention exploring this concept. The course convened 16 participants from seven countries to explore technological, social, and business solutions for small-scale coffee production along with coffee growers in rural Colombia. The course was a unique, multidisciplinary, and multicultural design experience in which people came together to co-design technologies that connected with rural coffee growers invention practices in the Sumapaz region in Colombia.

The course immersed participants into different agricultural practices, primarily coffee growing, as well as in the ontologies traditional to these practices. In an effort to expose participants to non-mainstream design methods and mechanisms of invention, our research team focused on surfacing local knowledge through research materials and hands-on activities. 

In the Civic Media group, we are exploring new theoretical frameworks for design, and novel design education methodologies that serve a future celebrating the pluriversal rather than the universal.

The “Technology Design for Coffee Production in Colombia” is an educational intervention exploring this concept. The course convened 16 participants from seven countries to explore technological, social, and business solutions for small-scale coffee production along with coffee growers in rural Colombia. The course was a unique, multidisciplinary, and multicultural design experience in which people came together to co-design technologies that connected with rural coffee growers invention practices in the Sumapaz region in Colombia.

The course immersed participants into different agricultural practices, primarily coffee growing, as well as in the ontologies traditional to these practices. In an effort to expose participants to non-mainstream design methods and mechanisms of invention, our research team focused on surfacing local knowledge through research materials and hands-on activities. 

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Anping Wang

Through this interaction, new design exchanges appear, allowing participants to add to existing local invention processes or spark new ones, building directly from the optics of coffee farmers. As a result, participants were able to collaborate and design together with farmers on a variety of technologies including add-on systems for low-cost coffee roasters, sensorized beehives and honey presses among others.