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Hannah Roche
Product Design (medes)

Glasgow School of Art

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Design Research / Design for Social Good / Service Design

My location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Hannah Roche

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First Name: Hannah

Last Name: Roche

University / College: Glasgow School of Art

Course / Program: Product Design (medes)

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Design Research / Design for Social Good / Service Design

My Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

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About:

I am a German – Irish designer, researcher and maker. Situated between the speculative and the strategic, I often explore the communication of complex ideas and possible futures. Working within multidisciplinary teams or with communities allows me to use a collective approach – whilst materiality and mapping are crucial in transforming my research and outputs from the theoretical to the tangible. Thinking critically about the perspectives and perceptions we hold about the world around us is another important part of my practice. With a focus on social justice, environmental challenges and anthropocentrism, I find it critical that we offer up ways in which people can navigate the uncertainty of our world and its future. Though my work is not always solutions-oriented, it is intended to be provocative and educational, moving from fixing to caring, and story-telling to story-making.

Urban Refuge

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Contrary to what biologists have long believed to be true, evolution can now be witnessed within our lifetime. Urban Refuge explores the ways in which we inhabit our cities, and forecasts what a future Glasgow might look like. Focusing on our relationship with animals and plants, it re-evaluates anthropocentric dominance through policy, senseware, and mapping. The project centres around a speculative government Act, considering what might happen if Nature was granted constitutional rights in Scotland, in light of climate change and the ongoing sixth mass extinction. Employing speculative design and systems thinking, it plots and visualises the changes Glasgow has undergone since the introduction of the fictional 'Multispecies Integration Act' of 2030, proposing how we might end up in this future. In 2040, a government website (MIM) is developed to calculate the likelihood of successful species integration, providing foresight. A collection of field guides consider whether Glasgow will be home to hyperlocal, evolved species by 2070, whilst 2080 sees the 50th anniversary of the Act – imagining a period of reflection and celebration. AI-generated quilts become heirlooms, capturing what the city looks and smells like from another species’ perspective. Ultimately, the project navigates the uncertainty of this hopeful, mutual coexistence, acknowledging the interconnectedness of our world – returning Homo sapiens to nature instead of them existing in precarious isolation.