Name: Nicholas B. Torretta
Employment/role: PhD Student Phone: +46 90 786 59 37
Mobile: +46 0729575206
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, I have been moving between cities and
countries since the age of 8.
I have been acting on the intersections of Design,
Sustainability and Education in different organizations and
Universities in Brazil, Finland and Sweden through teaching,
project development and research.
I studied Industrial Design in FAAP University in São Paulo,
Brazil. There I developed a teaching methodology for Sustainable
Design practices for teenagers from economically challenged
communities in São Paulo in collaboration with the Design Possível
Org, where I kept working for many years. In 2014 I got
a MA degree in Creative Sustainability from Aalto University
(Helsinki, Finland) where I focused on Design Activism and
Sustainable Everyday Practices, what led to the creation of the
Agents of Alternatives Organization (www.agentsofalternatives.com).
In 2015 I moved to Sweden to work at the Interactive Institute (www.tii.se), where I focused on the
development of Experiential Learning methods, Tech-Enhanced
learning, Participatory Design and among other things.
As a side activity, I have kept independent design explorations
on sustainable product design and sustainable musical instruments
and here www.atairuluthiery.com)
powered by lots of coffee and chocolate.
What I do at UID
I contribute to the teaching in the different educations at UID,
parallel to carrying out my PhD studies.
I focus on using design for sustainability to transform
education to equip people with the abilities needed to support a
sustainable society. I am interested in how we learn to learn our
position in society and the society around us and how this
knowledge can be used for co-development and mutual learning
towards equitable resilient futures.
Talk to me about:
- Sustainability, DfS, Social Innovation
- Education, Experiential Learning
- Design Activism, Alternative Movements
- Participatory Design, Design Anthropology
- Circular Economy, Upcycling, Circular lifecycles
- Woodwork, Luthierie
- Capoeira, Coffe and Chocolate