KALA Christmas 2021 specials

It is that time of the year again when we plan our Christmas specials, here is our carefully curated Christmas line. Everything is handmade by our artisans. My personal favourite is the multi-functional Christmas card/bauble/natural cold pressed soap.  A sneak preview on YouTube is as follow:

Also view Mia’s no-plastic Christmas tree’s structure from deadfalls:

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AIA Animal Shelter Design Submission

The Collapsible Bamboo Dog Kennel
The Collapsible Bamboo Dog Kennel design is an outcome of our outdoor life in Ningbo China. With a footprint of 500mmx760mm (550mm tall), it was designed to be 100% backpackable and has two pitching options (for outdoors, perfect for picnics or camping and for interior space) For outdoor use, it works similarly to tents but with a central bamboo pole as a column (Base 1 only) For interior use where knocking the pegs into the ground is not possible, Base 2 is also used in conjunction with Base 1 This collapsible bamboo structure is suitable for smaller sizes of dog, X­Petite and Petite We took inspiration from nature and mother earth. by exploring the Fibonacci sequence computationally and elaborating it into our design which in turn creates interesting spatial qualities The low headspace can be used to store toys and food bowls With the paracord attachments. bamboo poles are can be replaced one at a time This also has a positive impact on a more sustainable product by promoting post sales maintenance Through this design we hope our fluffy companions will be able to enjoy outdoor life as much as we do

We did not win but here is the coverage article: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/N9Z-CZUC422DSZZBSdJuwg

Thank you AIA Shanghai!

Design by Ben and Mia (Aksen- China and Indonesia)

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Circular design principles

While the linear economy uses a ‘take-make-dispose’ sequence, the core defining element of Circular Economy (CE, henceforth) is the restorative use of resources. Raw materials shall not become discarded waste. By no means is KALA an expert in this area, but we want to share these ideas to fellow architects and designers, while at the same time trying to implement the approach to the way we curate our product lines.

The roots of material circulation date back many decades. It was proposed by Kenneth E. Boulding in 1966. He mentioned that circular systems within the global economy are unavoidable in order to guarantee human life on earth in the long run.

The most recognised definition in CE is offered by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation:

“A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles..”

Kirchherr et al., (2017) analysed 114 definitions of CE, the authors ultimately defined it as: “An economic system that replaces the ‘end-of-life’ concept with reducing, alternatively reusing, recycling and recovering materials in production/ distribution and consumption processes….

The system diagram system illustrates the continuous flow of technical biological materials through the ‘value circle’. The biological materials (on the left) are those materials that can safely re-enter the natural world once they have gone through one or more use cycles. The technical materials on the right cannot re-enter the environment. These materials such as metals, plastics, and synthetic chemicals, must continuously cycle within the system so their value can be captured and recaptured.

Related CE concepts include: Cradle-to-Cradle, Blue Economy, Regenerative Design and Closed Supply Chains which can be explored further in Geisendorf and Pietrulla (2018).

Kanters (2020) posits that barriers to circular building design include: the lack of standard methods, it can be seen as a higher financial risk, transformation to a CE is difficult especially when materials with high circular potential are needed to keep up with the demand, and also lack of flexibility in building codes and regulations.

At a very small scale we tried to implement this in Bamboo Pod 3 (click here and here)’s post-disassembly. Link to Bamboo Pod 3 articles can be found at the bottom of this article. Design for Disassembly (DfD) is one of the key strategies the KALA and AKSEN team have been studying. Although in a bigger scope of work such as multi-storey buildings the scalability might be problematic, we are keen to explore. We are currently brainstorming the approach for an interior design scope of work, wherein the change of interior design is deemed to be more often than the change of architecture. In particular this can be achieved through a clean disassembly, where parts and joints are easily accessible for maintenance using mechanical joinery (as opposed to non-removable, chemical ones) and its reusability in different interior projects.

On other note, materials from Bamboo Pod 3 are being re-purposed as part of KALA’s packaging (hemp cloth and ties) and we also turned the 5mm bamboo battens to bamboo quadcopters. They were particularly popular with the young pilots we did the workshop with in October 2021.

Lastly, we want to conclude with an diagram adapted from Rahla et al. (2021), with regards to circular design principles. Through this exercise we also want to share KALA’s selected products which encapsulate these design principles, albeit still on a small scale. With these reflections in mind, we want to show it is possible to include circular design principles in any kind of design

References:

Geisendorf, S. & Pietrulla, F. (2018). The circular economy and circular economic concepts—a literature analysis and redefinition. Thunderbird International Business Review, 60, 771-782.

Kanters, J. (2020). Circular building design: An analysis of barriers and drivers for a circular building sector. Buildings, 10, 77.

Kirchherr, J., Reike, D. & Hekkert, M. (2017). Conceptualizing the circular economy: An analysis of 114 definitions. Resources, conservation and recycling, 127, 221-232.

Rahla, K. M., Mateus, R. & Bragança, L. (2021). Implementing Circular Economy Strategies in Buildings—From Theory to Practice. Applied System Innovation, 4, 26.

 

Infography by Ben and text by Mia

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ABOUT KALA

KALA was founded by Mia and Elza Tedjosaputro, in May 2020. KALA provides high quality stylish home decor and accessories that highlight a few simple attainable changes towards an eco-friendly lifestyle. There is always an Indonesian touch ensuring we empower our craftsmen and promote Indonesian culture and craftsmanship. KALA’s specific design language is the use of natural materials and artisanal, with a sense of play of texture and product functionality. We are based in Indonesia and China.

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Architectural Design 3: Live Schedule

W/C TOPIC SUMMARY WED PM (2:30-3:30PM) LECTURE WED PM                            (3:30-5:05pm) FRIDAY PM                                            (2:30-6:05pm)
06/09/2021 WEEK 1 Introduction and typology of library Lecture 1: Introduction to the module Design precedents analysis Design precedents presentation on Miro
13/09/2021 WEEK 2 Site options Lecture 2:                                        Site information and analysis                                  Urban analysis Working on two site options (tutorial) Guest Lecture: Chris Hardie
Tutorial re two sites
20/09/2021 WEEK 3 Final design brief Chosen site presentation and Design brief tutorial Final design brief presentation, followed by tutorial
27/09/2021 WEEK 4 Conceptual design Concept development tutorial Holiday (no class), make up class on October 6th (Sunday)
04/10/2021 WEEK 5 Conceptual design (Recorded) Lecture 3: Circular Economy in Architecture Concept development tutorial (holiday but class as per usual) Concept design presentation and tutorial
11/10/2021 WEEK 6 Design development Lecture 4: Sketches Design development: tutorial Lecture 5: drawing workshop, followed by design development: tutorial
18/10/2021 WEEK 7 Model making Lecture 6: Model making Model making and design development: tutorial
25/10/2021 WEEK 8 READING WEEK (no class, but tutors are available for tutorials upon request during class time) Holiday (no class, tutors are available for tutorials during class time)
01/11/2021 WEEK 9 Interim review Interim review presentation on Miro Board Lecture 7: Post Assessment 1 (Fin and Mia), followed by individual tutorials.
08/11/2021 WEEK 10 Tutorial Lecture 8: MEP Individual tutorials Individual tutorials
15/11/2021 WEEK 11 Tutorial Individual tutorials
22/11/2021 WEEK 12 Tutorial Individual tutorials
29/11/2021 WEEK 13 Tutorial Individual tutorials
06/12/2021 WEEK 14 Final crit Tutorials Final crit
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Double coco batik soap, our second batik soap

Special thanks to Jessica Laksono.

 

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For English : https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/8sAsMI0waEr7qDeeGka9tw

For Chinese : https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/7euR_0OsXWETzKj5OgzY8Q


ABOUT KALA

KALA was founded by Mia and Elza Tedjosaputro, in May 2020. KALA provides high quality stylish home decor and accessories that highlight a few simple attainable changes towards an eco-friendly lifestyle. There is always an Indonesian touch ensuring we empower our craftsmen and promote Indonesian culture and craftsmanship. KALA’s specific design language is the use of natural materials and artisanal, with a sense of play of texture and product functionality. We are based in Indonesia and China.

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