World Wide Tea

World Wide Tea Poster

Design for Participation
[Project in Progress – Experimental Space]

November 18-30, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Our UARTS Faculty Engineering/Arts Student Team (FEAST) explores current participatory design theory and practices. We are ideating, prototyping, and testing participatory design pieces to advance our understanding and application of participatory design. We understand “participatory design” as the active integration of users in the project or a co-design practice.

Our current project deals with the worldwide traditions of tea consumption and trade, modern and historical tea rituals and ceremonies, cultural diffusion, and appropriation. We experiment with onset expectations for forms, shapes, media, functions, and context, as well as the triggers of identity, connection, relationship, comfort, sensations, and pleasure.

This exhibition is a living experiential platform: here, every object can be moved, and every connection – changed. Using the Duderstadt Gallery as our design playground, we hope to observe how visitors will engage with the artifacts while learning about the world tea culture, reestablishing personal relationships, and evoking memories.

The Duderstadt Center Gallery

University of Michigan – North Campus
2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor

Design Collective

Josh Horowitz
Dev Lamba
Lynette Li
Anna Zhou
Jessie Zhou


Dev Lamba 

Faculty Lead

Vadim Besprozvany 


Elena Godin

This project is part of the ArtsEngine, the interdisciplinary initiative of the North Campus schools and colleges: A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning; Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; School of Music, Theatre & Dance; College of Engineering; and School of Information.

Past participants:

Zahra Basha, Soo Ji Choi, Renee Du, Astrid Ge,  Pratik Mangtani, Aditya Mankare, Tiffanie Maust,
Rhea Mehra, Anshika Saxena, Harry Shi, Jay Shin, Rebecca Xu