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Chris Natt

MA work

Blastproof

Undetonated landmines and explosive remnants of war are one of the most enduring barriers to development in post-war territories. These man-made, mechanical soldiers of war are hidden, life-threatening obstacles that often stand between civilians and the ability to fulfill their basic needs, trapping some of the poorest communities of the world in poverty and injuring thousands who, through desperation, dare to enter their potentially deadly domain.

Manual mine clearance by trained professionals called ‘deminers’ remains the most commonly used method of mine clearance and is currently the only guaranteed way of assessing if land can offer safe future passage and use. However, the basic tools used by deminers, since mine clearance began in the 1980s, have remained fundamentally unchanged despite huge financial investment to find mechanical unmanned replacements.

'Blastproof' is a collection of simple robust tools that have been developed for deminers, offering an invaluable tangible understanding of the mechanical enemy through simulations and greater protection through tools that mitigate injury by distancing and shielding those from the potential impact of an accidental blast.

The project is based upon insights that were gained through the personal stories of individuals from the UN and the Mine Advisory group who have worked over decades to offer solutions, collectively referred to as Mine Action.

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  • Chris Natt profile image
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2013

  • Blastproof

    Undetonated landmines and explosive remnants of war are one of the most enduring barriers to development in post-war territories. These man-made, mechanical soldiers of war are hidden, life-threatening obstacles that often stand between civilians and the ability to fulfill their basic needs, trapping some of the poorest communities of the world in poverty and injuring thousands who, through desperation, dare to enter their potentially deadly domain.

    Manual mine clearance by trained professionals called ‘deminers’ remains the most commonly used method of mine clearance and is currently the only guaranteed way of assessing if land can offer safe future passage and use. However, the basic tools used by deminers, since mine clearance began in the 1980s, have remained fundamentally unchanged despite huge financial investment to find mechanical unmanned replacements.

    'Blastproof' is a collection of simple robust tools that have been developed for deminers, offering an invaluable tangible understanding of the mechanical enemy through simulations and greater protection through tools that mitigate injury by distancing and shielding those from the potential impact of an accidental blast.

    The project is based upon insights that were gained through the personal stories of individuals from the UN and the Mine Advisory group who have worked over decades to offer solutions, collectively referred to as Mine Action.

  • Degrees

  • Diploma, Index: Design to Improve Life Summer School, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, 2011; BA (Hons), Industrial Design and Technology, Brunel University, London, 2008
  • Experience

  • Consulting design engineer, Loowatt, London/Madagascar, 2009– 12; Assistant design engineer, Troika, London, 2008; Design engineer, Design London Fellowship, London, 2011– 12; Internship, Whirlwind Wheelchair Foundation, San Francisco, 2007
  • Exhibitions

  • INDEX: - Design to Improve Life, World Tour, 2009-2010
  • Awards

  • Highly Commended, RSA Student Design Awards, 2011; Winner, 3D Design, Northern Futures Award, 2010; Category Finnalist, Community, INDEX: Design to Improve Life Awards, 2009