The magic of India is well-known for transforming the lives of its visitors. The colour, the smells, the food and the people make the country an ideal destination for twelve of the students of the Masters of Design and Innovation to undergo a unique experience.
In collaboration with the Fundación Vicente Ferrer, the designers discovered new design applications and the new role of the designer in the 21st century. The designer as an agent of change for removing the barrier to progress in a country that faces many social and cultural challenges.
Moncho Ferrer, Director of Institution’s Programmes, transmitted to the creatives the foundation’s mission and work from its beginnings. The students visited in situ the different microcredit, ecology, health and education projects and the crafts workshops where women with functional diversity work.
With their experience in the country, the designers have become aware of their role as active agents for change by proposing innovation projects, such as the creation of an artistic residence or the enhanced use of organic matter to generate biogas, an alternative energy that is also renewable.
The creatives experienced the contrasts of India. They discovered the metropolis of Bangalore, known as the new Silicon Valley, and the more rural India in Anantapur. They also visited The Atelier School, a transformative educational project whose sustainable
building received an award in the Global Architecture & Design Awards 2018. A building founded by Paarth Garg, a former student of the Masters of Design and Innovation, with whom they were able to share impressions and experiences.
The Intercontinental trips are a key point in the programme, an educational experience based on first-hand experimentation that combines the specific nature of each discipline with the cross-cutting and multidisciplinary nature that is required of today’s creatives.
Good designers are always travelling and discovering. Keep learning and curious, transform something inside. Eye and heart open to absorb everything. Never take anything for guaranteed, designers are always learning.
Victoria de Pereda, Director of the Masters of Design and Innovation
Images provided by the students of the Masters of Design and Innovation