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Specialist understands efficiency and functional beauty as design features in emergencies

Ignacio Urbina Polo, full professor at the Department of Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York, gave a lecture during the fourth Design Biennial of the Dominican Republic organized by INTEC and the Cultural Center of Spain

Specialist understands efficiency and functional beauty as design features in emergencies

SANTO DOMINGO. -Design work in the face of emergencies remains the sameRather now the processes have been accelerated because an event emerges and protocols appear that must be followed, said Ignacio Urbina Polo, industrial designer, who participated in the "Design, emergency and future" conference.

“Therefore, the entire design process is exactly the same: I prepare, I have an interaction and a post use. One of the important things that has happened with the COVID-19 pandemic is that you have to be very vigilant. ”

Urbina considers that for all designers emergency situations have to be very well thought outOf course, in human and civil terms, help should be given, but in terms of how it is designed, more than ever it must be taken into account what is done, how it is arranged and how it is used.

On the essential characteristics that an object intended for emergencies must have, the specialist said that efficiency is essential and for it to work it must be done by an expert, and mentioned as an example that no one can be designing a respirator at home if they do not speak to a doctor .

"Efficiency is exponential, but beauty is also in more functional terms, such as the minimum use of materials, utilization and the approach to human issues," said Urbina during the inaugural conference of the fourth edition of the Design Biennial Dominican Republic [dRD ], which organized the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and the Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo (CCESD).

"SOS Design: Solutions in times of crisis", the central theme of this design party paid tribute to the prominent Dominican designer Mercy Jácquez, who was the forerunner of the celebration of Dominican Designer Day.

Urbina, a tenured professor in the Department of Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York, pondered that he would like beauty and personality themes to outweigh the most powerful ideas such as sustainability.

"Talking about beauty and efficiency is simply an academic excuse, it is exactly the same, that is, it has to be beautiful because it works, that's the beauty of objects. This idea of ​​separating beauty and functionality is a problem that does not help us to design, it helps us to understand other things, but it definitely has to work in emergencies, "said the professor.

He considered that design should be discussed in all possible spaces, because everyone is connected to something, and the emergency has helped to understand the role of design, even in confinement it has given a space to fix the house.

The event was moderated by Carolina Pérez Puerta, professor of Industrial Design at INTEC, who understood that, in the countries of the region, design ends up being an emergency.

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