DIY Mine Kafon

Massoud Hassani & Mark Brand

Kazerne LAB

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International troups leave behind deadly souvenirs while retreating war zones. Many millions of landmines spread out over many hundred square kilometers of land still kill and maim hundreds of people every year. Massoud Hassani is an Afghan-Dutch designer that personally comes into action to tackle this worldwide problem. It is his personal mission to make the world landmine free: "Every destroyed landmine means one saved life, and every life counts. All over the world."

TOY BECOMES MINESWEEPER

With his graduation project Mine Kafon from Design Academy Eindhoven, he took the first step: a minesweeper that is pushed by the wind. The idea for the design originated from selfmade rolling toys.

“I grew up in Qasaba, Kabul. A place surrounded by mountains. My family moved there when I was 5, and at the time there were several wars going on. My brother Mahmud and I played every day on the fields in our neighbourhood. We had little money or possessions, so we made our own toys. One of my favourites was a small rolling object that was powered by the wind, like tumbleweed. We used to race them against the other kids on the open fields. There was always a strong wind blowing towards the mountains. I noticed that our toys often rolled too fast and too far, and they would end up in areas where we couldn’t go to get them because of landmines. I still remember watching them go beyond where we could go. That gave me an idea.”

DIY Mine Kafon

For Kazerne Lab, Massoud developed a DIY Mine Kafon manual, with which locals in problem areas can build their on minesweeper from locally found waste materials. Within this cross-over project he worked together with developed Mark Brand and a team of international interns. Together, they developed an open source platform, on which problem areas can be marked: a mapping syste that follows where the minesweeper has been by using GPS Track & Trace. GPS stands for Global Positioning system, that can determine the exact location worldwide via satellites. The landmine free location can then be published on the internet platform.

The manual is available for download via minekafon.org. Here you'll find the platform and the GPS for sale soon. A part of the lab project forms the foundation for the next step: a drone that finds and detonates landmines via Track & Trace. Not only on flat areas, but also in the mountains.

Massoud Hassani was a key figure in the Kazerne expo OPEN WORLD, from February till June 2015. Besides the DIY Mine Kafon, he presented his toys, research materials and an overview of the successes of the project up until that moment. The exhibition was also on show during Dutch Technology Week in the end of May. During this week, extra tours were given, as well as a workshop for kids.


Kazerne Social Design Lab

Thanks to Stichting DOEN, artists, designers and other creatives collaborate in cross-over projects to work on new insights for societal questions. With their fresh look and rethinking, they provide actual social, cultural and economical issues with inspiration, new perspectives and answers. This may sound rather high-blown, but it is in fact an extrememly practical process.

CREDITS

Massoud Hassani
Mark Brand

SPONSORS

BNO
Ruud Balk
Jonathan Marks
Dekkers Communicatie

FOUNDATIONS

Stichting DOEN