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STORM SYSTEM

2010 — 2013

Site

stormsystem.eu


Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.13


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Conferences & Presentations

MODTÍSSIMO 2013 | Exhibition

ITechStyle Innovation Business Forum and Product Showcase: Showcase of R&DI projects and Innovative Concepts.

27-38 February 2013
Porto, Portugal

ICCMTD 2013 - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMMUNICATION, MEDIA,TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN | Conference

Conference theme: dimensions of communication, design, technology

27-38 February 2013
Famagusta, Cyprus

NORDES Experiments in Design Research: Expressions, Knowledge, Critique

June 2013
Copenhagen, DENMARK

TECHTEXTIL 2013 - 7TH INTERNATIONAL AVANTEX SYMPOSIUM | Conference

Conference theme: textile and clothing industry, technical textiles and nonwovens, design, engineering, research

11-13 June 2013
Frankfurt, GERMANY

SMART FABRICS | Conference

Conference theme: smart textiles, design, technology

29-31 October 2013
Barcelona, SPAIN

A + A – SAFETY, SECURITY AND HEALTH AT WORK | Exhibition

5-8 November 2013
Dusseldorf, Germany

FIBRENAMICS ALIVE | Exhibition

31 October 2013
Guimarães, Portugal

Description

STORM SYSTEM by MR¯D

In this environmentally and demographically complex start to a post-industrial millennium, it is urgent to reflect on the transformations that occur from the interaction between individuals, the city they inhabit, its surroundings and protection conditions. Today’s population growth forces a reorganisation of space, in a variety of contexts that individuals face on large urban surfaces, as well as an interiorization of the impacts resulting from behavioural changes. An unbearable logistic and environmental excess is therefore propagated (and vice versa), favouring unlikely scenarios of human coexistence. Pollution and adverse weather conditions hamper natural and urban ecosystems, resulting in a greater immediate instability of individuals per se and the collectives they form. Thus new logistic, habitation and protection needs arise, which require the evaluation of a new living context for Man. These needs catalyse crucial contextual design thinking regarding its ability to respond appropriately to the new global habitat. The territory and the context establish the parameters for the combined intervention of design and technology, encouraging a broader discussion on art and sociology.


The context of this project can be a post-civilisation era. Post-urban landscapes, ravaged by adverse weather conditions, are proof of technical achievements that at the height of their glory perished into oblivion, becoming ubiquitous and inanimate nature. Forests of steel, dense and sterile, doomed to witness intentionally absent men drifting, primates of the post-technology era. They are primates because of the unique civilisation forged at some point in time, which we call Alpha Time, confining them to a blind acceptance of reality. They are primates that inhabit a ubiquitous space, filled with memories and signs that lack significance. So, in this confrontation between our time and Alpha Time, there are mirrors that show Man a civilization reflection of himself. The new primates are introduced to the memory of the space they inhabit, with the memory of their own condition.

It is within this historic perspective that STORM SYSTEM emerges, as a design object. It accompanies the message and simultaneously is the message, consolidating within itself both the experience of a prior era (archaeology of the future) and a device for this new era. STORM SYSTEM, a piece of clothing with contextual and technological intelligence, appears to give continuity to my vision, specifically with regards to the relationship between design and technology as a response to the new challenges of contemporary urban living. It is a smart raincoat, which intended to exceed its immediate clothing function. It is a body protection device, whose physicality visually and formally reconfigures the shape of its user. STORM SYSTEM evolved from the human body and its performance needs in a new urban scenario. It is a solution that encompasses protection, mediation and visibility, as well as an integrated thermal component, all of which were formal stipulations of the project. To synthesise the underlying thought process, this project can be defined by four interrelated approaches:

MANIFESTO: STORM SYSTEM is a call for action, an awareness of behaviour concerning environmental issues, and the consequent modification of our identity through the use and implementation of technology. The new individual in an unknown adverse era becomes more primal.

DESIGN: Working from MR-D’s background (reasoned logic, project methodology, R&D resources, and design policy), STORM SYSTEM materialises a concept and communicates the metaphor through shape and by the integration of technology. It is a conceptual product for an urban environment, pioneering commercial apparel for the cities of today.

TECHNOLOGY: Working closely with our Portuguese and international partners, the materialisation of the concept brought added comfort and protection to the user on a wearable level (lighting, heating, and sensors | control | touch pad).

IDENTITY: This project focuses on understanding design and technology as extensions of Man on a number of levels. Of particular importance are the symbolic aspect and the way in which any accessory created for the human body can (re)build our identity. The visual result of STORM SYSTEM, supreme protection for an individual both in terms of mental, anthropological and social processes, and in terms of physical appearance, corresponds to the maximum modification of individual identity as we know it. While on the one hand there are significant gains, nonetheless, in an extreme scenario we will be at serious risk of a change of identity. Taking protection as a primordial objective, and emphasising this as a defensive behaviour, which is itself a prime need, then it is essential to protect the body and the main senses and condition them in an almost obligatory fashion. In this way the expression of identity is regulated, but rather than changing it there is a serious possibility of nullification.

The solution renders us anonymous.

MIGUELRIOS¯DESIGN
22nd February 2013

Protect Urban Pro

2007 — 2010

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.08


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Description

Protect Urban Pro

In July 2007, Miguel Rios Design office wins 1st prize in the Design Competition for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sponsored by the Technology Center CITEVE with the project Protect Urban Pro. This PPE is designed for urban waste removal professionals, having as design’s premise not only the physical protection of the individual, but also the transformation of the social image of the profession. Protect Urban Pro is in final testing and it is expected to be available to the public in 2010.


The aim of this project is to propose new solutions, and establish new foundations for future developments on this kind of uniforms, currently existing in Portugal. We propose to achieve these goals through design, and considering the human and technical objectives that we established and based on the specific study about the profession, which included an extensive survey of context, ergonomic studies and surveys with the professionals. This project includes the development of two outer parts - jacket and trousers, as well as a body protection device, in an attempt to meet the needs presented by these professionals.

Through the development of these three parts, we aim to change the image and the condition of trash removers, approaching the concept of Public Health Officials in order to elevate the activity, and to eradicate the current image that persists among the population in urban areas, that considers this job as " garbage men and women." This point, together with the protection of their physical and psychological integrity, which we deem to be fundamental and innovative in designing this type of PPE, will always be associated with the compliance of specific standards and CE marking.

On one hand, we focus on the parameters directly related to the activity of garbage collecting and cleaning - safety, security and comfort of the worker, which were solved with technical solutions for the manufacture and application of specially selected materials: anti-bacterial thermal, anti-perspiration, resistant to cutting and drilling, and anti-impact. On the other hand, by the analysis of responses to surveys, it appears that one of the factors that most concerns this class of professionals is the security issue. As a result, we took a lot of attention on this issue by proposing a vest for physical protection, in order to address a very relevant concern of these professionals.

I-Garment

2003 — 2006

Client

ESA (European Space Agency)


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.07


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Description

I-Garment

First intelligent uniform for fighting forest fires, made up of jacket and trousers which include sensors, inclinometers, electrodes for measuring heart rate and terrestrial and satellite telecommunications systems. Developed by the consortium consisting of the Miguel Rios Design office, the information technology company YDreams (coordinating body) and the Instituto de Telecomunicações (Aveiro Unit), for the European Space Agency (ESA). Reference Entity for the user: Sociedade Nacional de Bombeiros e Protecção Civil (National Firefighters and Civil Defence Service) (SNBPC)


In 2003, the consortium comprising Miguel Rios Design, the Instituto de Telecomunicações (Aveiro site), and with YDreams as coordinator, presented a project to the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop the first intelligent uniform to fight forest fires. The National Society of Fire-fighters and Civil Defence (SNBPC) is taking part in the project as the reference organization for the future uniform wearer, on a purely informal basis.

The development of a project like this arose from the preoccupation of a number of southern European countries with the fires that break out during the summer months. In Portugal, fires destroy thousands of hectares of forests each year, causing loss of human life and costing millions of euros of damage. The lack of adequate firefighting equipment is one of the main constraints on controlling them, and that is one of the reasons for developing this uniform.

This ‘intelligent’ uniform, called the I-GARMENT, has involved the design of items of clothing, the incorporation of sensors, land and satellite telecommunications systems, as well as the development of interfaces for mobile devices (PDA, PC, Laptops and SmartPhones).

Miguel Rios Design has been responsible for designing a new uniform for fighting forest fires, consisting of a jacket and trousers, and for researching and choosing the best materials for them. This firm studied how to incorporate the hardware devices (developed by YDreams), which meant planning the system for wiring and integrating the sensors, inclinometers and electrodes. The I-GARMENT has also been conceived, from the design viewpoint, so as to meet the wearer’s needs in terms of high security. It uses abrasion-resistant materials, with flame-proof properties, waterproof and highly visible, bearing in mind the European EN 469 -2005 standard for firefighting uniforms. Given the presence of “foreign bodies” next to the body, with the introduction of a hardware system into the uniform, the I-GARMENT has been studied and developed formally, so as to establish maximum levels of comfort. This studio was anxious to maximize the use of the I-GARMENT and facilitate its handling, within and without firefighting, in the light of the new features it incorporates. Any fire brigade can maintain its equipment (replacing damaged sensors, for instance) on its own premises, without need of outside help. This enhances the brigade’s autonomy and minimizes additional costs.

The I-GARMENT, prototypes of which were developed by LOUSAFIL, a Portuguese enterprise, partner of the consortium and specializing in image and technical uniforms, has more than location sensors and systems to detect motion and environmental conditions: it also has sign monitoring systems that permit management by nearby Civil Defence units, and integration with the databases of that organization.

IBERMOLDES is another firm involved in the project as a partner. It has carried out studies and developed the protective casing for the hardware, incorporated into the jacket, in a place specially designed for it.

The I-GARMENT was funded by the ARTES 5 programme, and after 3 years of study, development, trials and tests on the ground, it was formally presented to ESA at the end of 2006. This project is patented in the EC, USA and Australia.6.

UWMS Climatic

2003

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.07


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Description

UWMS CLimatic

Integrated product, which envisaged a coordinated image for the urban citizen, which includes a windstopper® jacket and anti-bacterial incorporated mask for environmental protection. This design includes waterproof trousers with a removable pocket-belt, for carrying mobile communication systems.

Partner companies
LMA (fabrics), Confenor (manufacturer)

Design presented at the Pilot Action “Urban Warriors: Máxima Segurança” which took place at the design exhibition of the Use(r) Conference, which was held between the 27th and the 30th of March 2003, as part of the Operational Plan for the Economy.

Redesign in process.

UW3G

2003

Client

Self Iniciated


Ref.

MR¯D/prj.07


Cat.

Technology | Textile

Description

UW3G Climatic

UWMS Climatic Integrated product, which envisaged a coordinated image for the urban citizen, which includes a windstopper® jacket and anti-bacterial incorporated mask for environmental protection. This design includes waterproof trousers with a removable pocket-belt, for carrying mobile communication systems.

Partner companies
LMA (fabrics), Confenor (manufacturer)

Design presented at the Pilot Action “Urban Warriors: Máxima Segurança” which took place at the design exhibition of the Use(r) Conference, which was held between the 27th and the 30th of March 2003, as part of the Operational Plan for the Economy.

Redesign in process.

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