My name is Cameron Barber and I’m from Kitchener, Ontario. In my spare time I enjoy learning 3D programs, creating renders, and playing tennis. I’m passionate about design because of the opportunities it provides to express creative solutions for real world problems. My favourite thing about industrial design is the versatile nature of the field, making every project an exciting one. With each project, I strive to develop a new skill or learn a new program. After graduating, I’m most excited to participate in the development of market-ready products that will make positive impacts in the lives of everyday people.
The four essential pillars encompass human-centric design approach and the understanding of full-bodied, three dimensional physical interaction of user, product and environment. The projects generate innovative solutions using research-driven, evidence-based designs which focus on the user experience.
Forge aims to create new work opportunities for Cash for Work (CFW) programs.
These programs provide employment to locals who are recovering from natural disasters, allowing local economies to participate in their own recovery. Additionally, fresh and accessible concrete produced from Forge can be used towards helping communities build back faster and stronger, avoiding the need for temporary shelters which are less safe.
Forge focuses on creating a simple workflow for the production of new concrete, made from old rubble.
The rock crusher and cement mixer can be operated through the use of control panels which are found on the workbench, as well as the back of the vehicle. The control panels consist of simple on/off buttons which are colour coded with green and red, allowing local workers to operate Forge with ease.
All features found within Forge are designed with consideration of the 5th percentile female, and the 95th percentile male.
This allows for comfortable use for a wide range of users. The foldout workbench provides a comfortable work surface for the user to fill brick moulds. The opening chute found on the rock crusher makes loading rubble a safe and convenient process. This addresses the risks of potential injuries and strain from heavy and repetitive work.
The use of recycled aggregate from debris provides a sustainable advantage by eliminating the need to mine new materials, greatly reducing CO2 emissions.
By reusing rubble, the amount of waste that goes into landfill is reduced. Another benefit of using recycled aggregates in concrete production is the advantage it provides in the transport chain. Heavy traffic is greatly reduced, which not only relieves the climate footprint, but other environmental and health risks.
When disaster occurs, vulnerable communities are faced with the dilemma of how to use their existing capacity for recycling, composting, combusting, and disposing of debris. Collapse of waste management services has also led to uncontrolled dumping sites and improper handling of natural disaster debris. Furthermore, uncollected rubble from damaged buildings can impede access and prevent rehabilitation and reconstruction. FORGE provides a solution to find new use for this rubble by turning it into recycled aggregate to be used towards new building materials. By combining existing technologies, such as a rock crusher, concrete mixer, and a concrete dispenser, FORGE acts as a portable factory for making concrete. This will help local communities in building back faster and stronger after a disaster occurs.
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