UPenn IPD Cape Town Summer 2011

Welcome! We're 5 Integrated Product Design (IPD) graduate students at UPenn given an ethics grant to work at product design firms in Cape Town. Eric, Evan, Lea and Jon are working at XYZ, while Ding is working at Skeg.

The IPD Masters in Science in Engineering is a recently established interdisciplinary program, based in the engineering, design and business schools. We come from architecture, engineering and liberal arts undergrads.

Eric, Evan and Jon are from the Northeast US; Lea's from Florida; and Ding's from California/China. This is all of our first times in South Africa, and so far we're having an excellent experience.
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Yesterday Evan, Lea, Eric and I traveled to the District 6 Museum, as suggested by XYZ, which tells the history of the forced relocation of district six during Apartheid. Afterwards we walked to the coffee shop Field Office that had been suggested to Evan and Lea a number of times, but is a bit out of the way of our daily travels. They use and sell locally designed flat pack CNC milled furniture by Pederson + Lennard along with other table top products/objects. The graphic on the left wall is used in support of trying to get Cape Town to be the World Design Capital in 2014.

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