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GROW IT YOURSELF

Westman, Elina (2013) In Diploma work IDEM01 20132
Industrial Design
Abstract
The goal in this project was to design a system
that will provide the women in the townships of
Namibia with affordable nutritious food without
having to use too much money, water or time. The
system should be both built and used by the women
themselves and hence be very easy and flexible.
How do you get enough food to survive the day?
This is something less fortunate people living in
many parts of Namibia are struggling with every
day. If you can´t afford buying anything except
corn meal and bread, in the grocery stores,
getting food from another source could be life
crucial. Solving this huge problem, at least for
a few people, was my main goal in this master
project. By doing a proper background research
in literature... (More)
The goal in this project was to design a system
that will provide the women in the townships of
Namibia with affordable nutritious food without
having to use too much money, water or time. The
system should be both built and used by the women
themselves and hence be very easy and flexible.
How do you get enough food to survive the day?
This is something less fortunate people living in
many parts of Namibia are struggling with every
day. If you can´t afford buying anything except
corn meal and bread, in the grocery stores,
getting food from another source could be life
crucial. Solving this huge problem, at least for
a few people, was my main goal in this master
project. By doing a proper background research
in literature combined with interviews and my
own experiences from living in Namibia, I was
able to create the system “Grow it yourself “

Grow it yourself is a system designed to enables
food growing in a desert environment. The target
group is mainly women living in Mondesa and
DRC (Democratic Resettlement Community), the
two townships of Swakopmund city. The system
is designed to be built and used by these women
themselves. The materials needed, should be free
or very inexpensive; reusage of products is applied
as well as using materials found in the surrounding
area. The only tool needed is a knife or scissors.

The system has four main areas, composting, collecting
water, making compost tea and growing.
The system can vary in size, starting up small,
before growing into the size the owner desires.
Different food items can be grown in the system
depending on what the owner wants. The system
will provide the target grouped with an additional
source of nutrition to compliment their
normal bias diet of mostly corn meal and bread.

The project has resulted in a model of the system
that has been built and tried out in full scale.
An instruction manual was also created. The
target group will use this manual when building
their own systems. The full scaled system and
the instruction manual was exhibited at The Centre
of Architecture in Lund, Swedan June 2012. (Less)
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author
Westman, Elina
supervisor
organization
course
IDEM01 20132
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
publication/series
Diploma work
report number
I S R N : L U T - D V I D E / E X - - 1 3 / 5 0 1 9 3 - - S E
ISSN
ISRN
language
English
id
4087557
date added to LUP
2013-10-08 16:08:32
date last changed
2013-10-08 16:08:32
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  abstract     = {The goal in this project was to design a system
that will provide the women in the townships of
Namibia with affordable nutritious food without
having to use too much money, water or time. The
system should be both built and used by the women
themselves and hence be very easy and flexible.
How do you get enough food to survive the day?
This is something less fortunate people living in
many parts of Namibia are struggling with every
day. If you can´t afford buying anything except
corn meal and bread, in the grocery stores,
getting food from another source could be life
crucial. Solving this huge problem, at least for
a few people, was my main goal in this master
project. By doing a proper background research
in literature combined with interviews and my
own experiences from living in Namibia, I was
able to create the system “Grow it yourself “

Grow it yourself is a system designed to enables
food growing in a desert environment. The target
group is mainly women living in Mondesa and
DRC (Democratic Resettlement Community), the
two townships of Swakopmund city. The system
is designed to be built and used by these women
themselves. The materials needed, should be free
or very inexpensive; reusage of products is applied
as well as using materials found in the surrounding
area. The only tool needed is a knife or scissors.

The system has four main areas, composting, collecting
water, making compost tea and growing.
The system can vary in size, starting up small,
before growing into the size the owner desires.
Different food items can be grown in the system
depending on what the owner wants. The system
will provide the target grouped with an additional
source of nutrition to compliment their
normal bias diet of mostly corn meal and bread.

The project has resulted in a model of the system
that has been built and tried out in full scale.
An instruction manual was also created. The
target group will use this manual when building
their own systems. The full scaled system and
the instruction manual was exhibited at The Centre
of Architecture in Lund, Swedan June 2012.},
  author       = {Westman, Elina},
  issn         = {ISRN},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {GROW IT YOURSELF},
  year         = {2013},
}