SP.722 D-Lab: Development, Design and Dissemination

Spring 2005

A large plastic drum connected to a bicycle pedal assembly.

A prototype pedal-powered washing machine is one of the student projects for this course. (Courtesy of Radu Raduta and Jessica Vechakul.)

Course Highlights

This course features student design projects, with videos of design review sessions and final team reports, plus a complete set of lecture notes.

Course Description

D-Lab: Development, Design and Dissemination is a design studio course in which students work on international development projects for underserved communities. The class is focused on a participatory, iterative prototyping design process, with particular attention on the constraints faced when designing for developing communities. Students work in multidisciplinary teams on term-long projects in collaboration with community partners, field practitioners, and experts in relevant fields. Students will learn about their partner communities through the collaborative design process and be exposed to many hands-on fabrication and prototyping skills relevant to development at MIT and manufacturing in their partner community. The course will consist of hands-on labs, guest speakers, and a guided design process with review by experts and professionals in development and design. This course builds on SP.721, although that course is not a required prerequisite.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files. RealOne™ Player is required to run the .rm files found in this course.

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Amy Smith
Kurt Kornbluth

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Project Sessions:
One session / week
1.5 hours / session