SAIC's Whatnot Studio Featured in Curbed

Baohua Sheng, an SAIC student, designed an analog air conditioner that used evaporative cooling for an exhibition that explores obsolescence.
Baohua Sheng, an SAIC student, designed an analog air conditioner that used evaporative cooling for an exhibition that explores obsolescence.

SAIC's Whatnot Studio course was recently featured in an article in Curbed titled "How design is being upended by the climate crisis," which discusses a new wave of environmentally conscious design. The article notes that in this year's iteration of the course, taught by Assistant Professor Pete Oyler (Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects) and AIADO full-time visiting artist Jonah Takagi, students investigated what leads to objects becoming obsolete and redesigned items from the past to make them relevant for today. "Many of the items explored how natural phenomenon could lead to more environmentally sensitive products, like an analog air conditioner made from terra cotta and uses evaporative cooling rather than Freon and electricity to chill the air, and a water purifier that relies on evaporation and condensation," says Curbed.