With flexible working hours or Home-office, people suffer from sleep problems that make people less productive and affect their mood and health. How to get enough sleep for our daily life? How we scientifically resume a routine for the normal circadian rhythm ? That becomes an important issue for us at the moment. Under those questions, combined with my experience of overtime-working, I have developed the following design.
This project is a forward-looking design based on an environmentally friendly and sustainable development with new
In 2019, Master´s students of industrial design at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (Simeon Ortmüller, Tobias Gehrke, Vincent Steinhart-Besser, Yigang Shen and Jingyue Chen) developed design concepts for a new form of mobility on water and gave the CAPTN project its first visible identity. The students have dealt with the question: What is the future of public transport on the Kiel Fjord? Kiel grows and urban mobility needs attractive offers to make it easier to avoid the car and to achieve ambitious climate targets. The fact that ferry traffic in this context connects the west and east bank over a longer period of time during the day and at a tighter frequency and that the connections to bus traffic play a central role is obvious.
The two different concepts of the VAIARO project with the names “Floating Platform” and “Passage” are characterized by pragmatism and radicalism in equal measure. For this purpose, leitmotifs for intelligent mobility and a new landmark in Kiel were developed. The project was designed as a cooperation from the beginning: Partners from Kiel University and from the University of Applied Sciences are working in their respective fields on the realization of an autonomous ferry. The parties involved were thus present at regular intervals for presentations, in the course of which the drafts and their own position were repeatedly reviewed and adjusted. In this way, indications of the desired qualities could be obtained. What is meant to be in the drafts is basically quite simple to grasp: When I come to Kiel, I absolutely have to take the new ferry!
Simeon Ortmüller, Vincent Steinhart-Besser, Yigang Shen, Jingyue Chen
INSTRUCTOR AND LEADER: Prof. Detlef Rhein /Prof. Frank Jacob
Learn more from CAPTN please visit the official website： captn.sh
The people-oriented economic development has achieved unprecedented success, such as globalization, in the fields of large-scale agriculture, food industry, and efficient logistics industry, etc. However, from the industrial revolution to the present, we continue to reclaim land and extract resources from our mother nature, putting more and more pressure on the ecosystem. Meanwhile, the waste boom and greenhouse gas emissions from human activities have not been taken into account for the health of the earth. It is probably not surprising that global warming has also caused unpredictable extreme weather and natural disasters in recent years. Therefore, sustainable production methods have been urgently put on the stage.
The original economic model dominated by consumerism is in fact very short-sighted. Under the industrial cycle where interests are the priority, businesses mostly only pay attention to their target groups and the proﬁt cycle and ignore the environment which we all depend on. Resources are taken from nature and also discarded to nature. We have not returned the waste to the ecosystem correctly, whereas we have been asking for new resources from the environment. This production method increases ecological pressure and threatens the earth’s ecological balance and species diversity to a certain extent. Humans have to bear the negative consequences of many environmental crises. For example, non-degradable plastic particles are polluting the ocean and entering our bodies through ﬁsh.
Here I show a typical example for explaining what is a regenerative Agriculture:
Growing edible Mushroom with bio-trash
Here I will implement a method of regenerative agriculture. With the help of microorganisms, we can digest our garbage by transforming them into a good substance for mushroom cultivation. Mushrooms are very eco-friendly, Growing mushrooms could have an impact on carbon fixation. The mycelium can break down the garbage, making it good compost and at the end absorbed by the soil. For one thing, we can reuse garbage to produce food, and for another, we can feed these substrates to the soil to remediation.
Firstly, let us understand regenerative agriculture from micro to macro to re-recognize the benefits of circular economy, especially for the environment ignored by us. We need to start thinking about environment-centred design and giving the used waste a new sense to be recycled. In order to inspire the customer, we have to make people re-consider the cost we need to pay for every single resource we took from the environment, not just the human-object relationship (against consumerism and for rational consumption).
By ”Sense-making” Methodology, we can let people rethink from a longer-term perspective that garbage is not just garbage, but also valuable resources in the ecosystem. Through the project, we can also create an educational program in school garden to simulate the recycling system of circular economy, especially in schools for our customer of next generation. The students can participate in the gardening course of regenerative agriculture. As a positive feedback in the process, they can harvest their own food (like mushroom) to serve the campus (byoffering some to their school canteen) or the local community to cause public impact. This kind of gardening courses in the school can raise their awareness of future consumption and influence them to take part in the system of circular economy.
The construction plan “Circo” is currently in the concept stage. In fact, it is an educational platform and resource allocation organization based on the local educational institution alliance (network). The cost of the project depends on the construction scale of the school garden and the construction of the educational platform.
This project is going to be implemented in a middle school, Ricarda-Huch School Kiel, as a local demonstration case. We will build a school garden with regenerative agriculture in the centre of the school based on the design strategy map above. In the ﬁrst half of this project, we will focus on the construction of the campus garden. Then we will continue to build an eﬀective contact network to support the operation mode, and make this platform local, open and connected.
The white pavilion is for shelter from wind and rain and becomes a gathering public place. It leads peoples to the canteen as the main passage between two long row Houses as well. There are two different greenhouses under the pavilion, serving mushroom cultivation (orange) and plants (light blue), plus a semi-open workshop and a recycling station. The two greenhouses are relatively staggered, so those community residents can quickly identify them. Also, due to the height difference between the pavilion and the greenhouse, the classrooms should be sufficiently ventilated.
Course Hall unter the Pavillion
This project is based on the existing European Union of Secondary Education Institutions, to connecting major high schools, building school garden and training gardening teachers. The project aims to form the awareness of circular economy of the next generation of consumers and get more experience the process of circular economy in courses. On the other hand, students are encouraged to go out of the classroom and participate in recycling to understand the process of crop growth. Let them learn knowledge and understand the potential value of garbage with an environment-centric thinking.
Traffic flow of mushroom cultivation with dry bio waste
Traffic flow of regenerative farming with earthworm compost
This project is based on the electric autonomous Ferry CAPTN, which aims to establish a more convenient and effective way of man-machine communication. In the autonomous ferry, the design is to get closer in a human-machine interactive relationship and show the maturity of unmanned technology to give passengers more trust.
With the popularity of smartphones, we will gradually reduce the use of paper Tickets. The bill will be turned into a souvenir now or in the future. I have designed traditional bills for first-time users and are also doing a form with the Informations of navigation.
Since CAPTN is autonomous ship, passengers will be as clueless as they are using the machine for the first time, and they need a guide to complete the first sailing. Before boarding, it is necessary to remind passengers of the arrival time of the ferry and the entrance by the dock. During the sailing, the ship’s movement, speed, or next stop etc. all of status informations are essential for passengers that should let passengers know in real time. I also hope that, through interactive media, tickets can play a more interesting communication and establish a good first experience for passengers.
The design includes a paper ticket and an application that passengers download to their mobile phones. Since the CAPTN project connects public transportation to the ferry dock, the navigation and status display services is effective from the bus station until the destination wherever the passenger arrives.
The newly designed tickets are made available through ticket machines. Visitors can use this ticket to get on and off through the ticket gates. The ticket is also used to record the data of the user during the trip. The passenger can easily monitor the information about the current status of the ferry with their own smartphone. After driving, the passenger can take the ticket as a souvenir back home.
Nowadays, electric yachts are more and more popular among consumers. But there isn’t enough infrastructure to keep them on their range of journey. E-HARBOUR Water charging station provides an adequate clean energy supply for various water vehicles. And provide temporary berths for long charging and replenishment. The modular design provides Individual floating islands or groups in coastal communities. In this community, we can also add on some self-sailing power bank with solar power station to distribute energies. As a sustainable strategy for every haven city, it is also a response to rising water levels since global warming.
E-HARBOUR Water charging station provides an adequate clean energy supply for various water vehicles. And provide temporary berths for long charging and docking places. The cell-modular includes a floating platform and a charging pillar which hat three interactive screens for user’s operation and also three plug seats.
Especially at the top of the pillar, there is a reflective light like a lighthouse. The light from it can direct mariners to come here to charge (Lighthouse not only means the hop of life but also means the power of electricity). Usually, the recharge station can maintain the daily energy consumption by own wind power module. Otherwise, the modular principle of organization can provide individual floating islands or groups in coastal communities. The construction principle of the Floating platform seems like a self-supporting space station. Therefore, in this community, we can also add on some self-sailing power bank with solar power station to distribute energies.
The interface design follows the user-centred design method and is designed to complete classified charging management for different water vehicles. The user also can use a login card with some personal data to enter the system so that the charging station can identify the type of energy and charging time for the user’s own device to recharge. About the timely feedback information, there are a screen and a display to present energy consumption, duration and cost. The animation design on the interface is convenient for users to reduce learning costs and operate faster. The plug seat adopts three-proof design standard and guarantees the user’s safety.
Energy supply (charging) is a basic demand, and many service models can be followed at the same time. Just as gas stations now have special rest-stations, drivers can consume during the refueling period (kiosk or restaurant etc.). In addition, the floating platform also provides E-boat docking and charging space in the port. Shipowners can purchase fixed berths, or they can flexibly rent their own berths through the B2C platform. In addition, we also envisage sharing economy models, sharing berths or establishing shared ships. Because this energy supply platform allows us to associate more operational business models about building marine city in the future, and it is not limited to Switzerland, even any haven cities around the world.
Today’s E-mobility industry has already fierce competition on the electric vehicle market. On the other hand, the green energy industry continues to support the rise of the electric mobility’s market. We believe, the next 5 years is the golden development period for electric water transport and the market leader is consumer-grade private boats. But what has been overlooked? The charging equipment! They can extend the range of sailing for E-boat. We hope that this proposal will provide more efficient and convenient energy support for the green water transportation now, and also provide suggestions for the construction of a marine city in response to climate warming and rising water levels.