J.C Diehl (TU Delft) Seminar

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Context Variation by Design: Clean Cooking for All
EB1 TD room(1005) | 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | January 26 (Tuesday)

Speaker: Jan Carel Diehl (J.C.Diehl at tudelft.nl)
Head of the Design for Sustainability Program | Delft University of Technology

Indoor cooking on open fires kills four million people a year. It also creates 15% of the global carbon dioxide emissions and means people have to spend hours each day searching for fuel. So the hunt is on for a safer and more efficient cooking stove. Delft University of Technology’s new design methodology, Context Variation by Design (CVD), aims not only to speed up development of a better product but also to create more efficient variations of gasifier cooking stoves for different situations.

Speaker Bio
Jan-Carel Diehl is Assistant Professor for the Design for Sustainability Programme at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology and one of the brains behind Context Variation by Design. “Different countries have different cooking habits; so different sorts of foods cooked in different ways for different lengths of time using different sorts of fuel. So what is needed is a basic design for a safe, efficient cooking stove that can be specifically adapted to local needs.”

Crucial to Context Variation by Design is that these design-variables are considered simultaneously. So right now, improved cook-stoves are being developed and tested in South Africa, Uganda and Vietnam all at the same time, speeding up the process of making culturally and socially appropriate adaptations to the basic design, providing solutions for more beneficiaries and at lower costs. “That’s CVD in action designing with attention for different kinds of context simultaneously.”

Jan Carel Diehl M.Sc. PhD, after finishing his study in Industrial Design Engineering, he worked several years as consultant in Ecodesign. In his present position he is Head of the Design for Sustainability (DfS) program at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology(TU Delft) in the Netherlands. Within the DfS program he is managing the international projects on sustainable product innovation especially in emerging markets, like for example the Re-Invent the Toilet Sanitation project for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The main focus of his research is the know-how transfer and implementation of sustainable product innovation into an international context. In addition his research has a special interest in cultural differences in product design and developing products for the so called ‘Base of the Pyramid (BoP)’. He is part of the Delft Global Initiative and the Center for Frugal Innovation Africa. Next to his position at the TU Delft he is consultant for UNIDO and UNEP and invited lecturer at a wide range of international universities. He is co-author of the UNEP Design for Sustainability (D4S) manual for Developing Economies (D4S EE).