Meet Geeske Tamsiran :: Senior Industrial Designer for One Earth Designs

Expertise, Learnings
Becoming a part of the One Earth Designs team has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. In fact, everyone on our team is so creative and amazingly talented that we've decided to create a "meet the team" series here on our blog. To begin we'd love to introduce you to our newest team mate Senior Industrial Designer Geeske Tamsiran. 1. What was it like studying industrial design engineering? I have had a fantastic time when studying Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology. Existing for over 40 years, it is one of the oldest and largest of its kind - offering a broad range of courses and lots of expertise in the field of design research and sustainability. I had the best time living in an apartment with 18 other…
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Dr. Catlin Powers tells the story of One Earth Designs at Unreasonable Barcelona

Dr. Catlin Powers tells the story of One Earth Designs at Unreasonable Barcelona

Learnings, Product evolution, Solar cooking
In 2013, CEO and co-founder of One Earth Designs, Dr Catlin Powers, was invited to speak at Unreasonable Barcelona about the early days of One Earth Designs. Here, she told the story of how she as a young student originally went to the Himalayas to study climate change, before encountering the severe problems that nomads faced by cooking with firewood indoors. By doing more research, Dr. Powers found that these problems related to air pollution and deforestation was not unique to nomads in rural China. In fact, this was a problem shared by people in most developing countries. By understanding the rammifications of the problem she had encountered, Dr. Powers started looking at possible solutions. Soon, the idea of a parabolic solar cooker started to develop. To hear the whole…
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Urban Transition in China’s Wild West

Urban Transition in China’s Wild West

Community project, Learnings, Viewpoint
I can't describe how wonderful it feels to be back in Xining, reconnecting with friends here. Even so, I want even more to escape back to the villages once again. Qinghai has long been considered the 'wild west' of China because of its large nomadic population. My colleagues and friends have all heard about Qinghai's nomads and farmers from me before, but I have seldom spoken of its urban condition and the massive urbanization pressures transforming its lands. This story is perhaps a darker tale so read on only if you are prepared for the grim reality of industrial transition. Here in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai, the smell of coal pervades the streets and infiltrates the homes. The building I am staying in has its own coal-fired power…
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Tibetan Nomads, Farmers and Semi-Nomads on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Tibetan Nomads, Farmers and Semi-Nomads on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Clean stove project, Community project, Learnings, Viewpoint
The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is one of the highest and biggest plateaus in the world, with an area of 2.5 million km. The average elevation of the plateau is over 4500 meters. Due to its altitude, it is also known as the “roof of the world.” The roof of the world is surrounded by many tall mountains and is also the source of three famous rivers in China: Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong Rivers. [caption id="attachment_411" align="alignright" width="300"] Figure 1: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau[/caption] Tibetans are indigenous to the plateau and their livelihoods are strongly tied to this vast land. Today there are 36 million people on the plateau, but Tibetans only percent 5.4 million or 15% of the total population. For thousands of years, Tibetans made a descent life by adapting various ecological…
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