Social Spaces in Kwintessens Design Magazine
Today the new Kwintessens arrived in my mail box and I was quite happy with the result. A while ago Social Spaces wrote an article about social design for this issue. The other articles are quite related, all demonstrating alternative approaches to the design field that mix up and question existing paradigms.
– the MetaDeSIGN by LAB(au) (Elien Haentjens)
– Social design is risky (Niels Hendriks & Liesbeth Huybrechts)
– Synthetic biology the future of design (Lut Pil): a reflection on the great exhibition in Z33 we reported on some weeks ago
– The everyday, but invisible design by Human Interface Group en U-Sentric (Kurt Vanbelleghem)
– Toegepast : Fit to boost ! (Tine Holvoet, TeamTank): a report of the debate I moderated about Digital Design
– The design of future scenarios : Pantopicon (Christophe De Schauvre): about the design work of our colleague Nik Baerten
– Parametric design and digital fabrication : new forms of digital design (Corneel Cannaerts, MMLAB, Sint-Lucas Architectuur)
– Slow, or the alternative to fast consumption (Christian Oosterlinck)
– Open Source design : future model with roots in the past (Tine Holvoet, TeamTank)
A new project called Resource-lab started within the research group Art|Object & Design in collaboration with Kringwinkel Turnhout. The project involves the development of new products using materials and products gathered by the Kringwinkel Turnhout. Resource strives for sustainable use of products by stimulating awareness concerning waste and involving users in the design process. They support a social and open design philosophy by sharing the development processes through social media and involving people through workshops. Resource is currently still in its first phase of developing prototypes. Gradually it will develop towards a sharing and collaborating platform for developing new ideas and products.
puntKom #7 – My Way or the Highway – On routes & routines
Last year, we (the Media & Design Academy in Genk) started with puntKom (a series of informal evenings on culture, technology, design,…). We had puntKom-sessions on SoundCode, on interactive textiles, on Bastard Culture,… and thanks to the interesting speakers and the enthusiastic crowd (and the chilled beer), they all turned out quite nice.
The second puntKom of this year will be about routes and will be held Thursday the 16th of December. Title ‘My way or the highway! on Routes & Routines’.
Check http://www.puntkom.nu for more info.
The program for this evening:
19.00h – 19.30h – Daniel Veestraeten on Volunteered Geospatial Information architect and author of Volunteered Geospatial Information in Urban Environment
19.45h – 20.15h – Luk Balcer on Waze (free community build navigation system) http://www.nozzle.be/ – CEO Nozzle Communication Agency
BREAK (free Veddett 🙂
20.30h – 21.00h – Thomas Laureyssens on trails in public space http://www.toyfoo.com – artist & researcher
Social Design in Public Space, some experiments
In the public space module Social Design in Public Space the students of C-md (new media design) created some quite interesting concepts. Some were interesting technical experiments, while others were examples of a good contextual research into needs of semi-public environments.
How to play Pong in public environments on multiple screens:
How to fly a helicopter around with only audio input.
How to share energy via a Internet of Things Platform in a Peer-to_peer way:
How to react against a Belgian proposal to make child care environments pay for playing music? These students created a remix tool for children’s songs:
Improbable connections is a new project in Spain, which seeks to gather arts, philosophy, science, business and governance in order to search new questions and answers that respond to the needs of all kinds of organisations.
Improbable is a community of collaborative and co-creative research initiatives aimed at innovation and social responsibility. It is based on the paradigms of open innovation and the principles of interrelated fields, disciplines and individuals.
“We connect and mediate: we propose environments in which artists, creators, philosophers, anthropologists, business or social organisations, scientists and thinkers can interact in search of committed social and productive innovation. As a driving force for change and innovation, Improbable creates a high-value context for the creators, thinkers, companies and public or social organisations involved. The opportunity is mutual.”
Improbables is part of a European project: Creative Clash, held by a Swedish organisation,Tillt, in collaboration with WZB in Berlin and KEA in Brussels. This group has committed itself to producing a package of studies to measure the impact of artistic intervention in the business field and in research projects, to formulate recommendations on European policies that support this type of artistic interventions, and to do pilot testing in the next years. A report by TILLT Europe about the impact of artistic interventions is available here.
source: ECP blog