Sustainability@School 2010-2011: register now!

Posted by Selina on Thursday January 20th 2011 at 12:17

REcentre repeats the school projects around new, relevant, and sustainable themes. Therefore REcentre created two interesting pitches in which students can take part of.

Pitch 1Les Ardentes 7.218.2 and 25.2.
Les Ardentes is a 4-days festival, which takes place every early summer in Liège. It is a middle size event with an expected audience of 70.000 for its sixth edition of 2011 (26.000 in 2006). Students are challenged to find practical outcomes that are feasible to implement on how to make a festival like this have a smaller environmental impact.

Pitch 2: Dingens Barometers 4.3, 18.3 and 11.4.
Dingens Barometers produces internationally renowned barometers. As mercury is being prohibited in the production of barometers, they had to find other sustainable solutions. Dingens wants to challenge students to find a way on how to use sustainability and sustainable products as a unique selling point and add power to the marketing force of it. The barometer is an ‘old-fashioned’ instrument that is being passed on from generation to generation, how can you fit it in in contemporary living rooms and market it as a sustainable instrument?

Students are urged to find practical solutions that are feasible to implement. They will get help of professional moderators and specialists in order to reach these results. Each workshop day will led by a moderated and an expert. Students will be mixed in groups of different people coming from around the Meuse-Rhine Euregion. The winning team of each pitch will get a price.

More info on both pitches can be found here

Sustainability@School is a collaboration between REcentre, Saint-Luc, MADfac, GutRosenberg & ABKMaastricht.

Presentation on Online communities and social media for designers @Heimtextil ’11

Posted by Niels on Sunday January 16th 2011 at 16:41
As already mentioned on this blog, Social Spaces (and more precisely Maarten, Selina, Kris, Katrien & Niels) is participating in a European research project called Open Garments. Open Garments is a European Commission funded research projects where academic and industrial partners in the textile industry collaborate. The aim of Open Garments is amongst others to create an online system and a new business model that will enable the consumer to act more directly in the garment supply chain: end consumers are empowered to work in close collaboration with the textile industry to buy, design, produce, share and sell fabrics, clothing or accessories.

Social Spaces was invited by the Rooms for Free-project which also (indirectly) participates in the Open Garments project. Rooms for Free is a network of textile and fashion design academies. Rooms for Free is a meeting point and a community of practice for textile and fashion design students and professionals. Moreover, it stimulates professionalism for the design students by setting up various design contests. At the HeimTextil fair, Rooms for Free presented a sample of the creations of 15 textile and fashion academies and the results of last year design contest (see picture). Besides this, Rooms for Free organised a workshop on “Online Design Communities and online Production Networks“.

New Project: ATOM

Posted by Niels on Thursday January 13th 2011 at 11:49

SocialSpaces is currently working on a new project. “A Touch Of Memory” tries to create smart solutions for the memory loss that occurs with people with dementia. In this project Social Spaces will take care of the interface and interaction design.

ATOM is funded by the IBBT and the consortium consists of 5 research partners and 4 partners coming from the industry or organisations for care taking.

Read more on the projects’ page.

FabLab Zuid-Limburg: “open for business”!

Posted by Selina on Thursday January 13th 2011 at 11:11

Yesterday I visited FabLab Zuid-Limburg: a new fabrication laboratory at the heart of Maastricht (NL). Coincidentally, it opened its doors for the public that same day! Founded by stichting, Maastricht University, Continium and Huiswerk Architecten, FabLab Zuid-Limburg focuses on the entire region of Dutch-Limburg. FabLab Zuid-Limburg is open to everyone: if you are interested you can visit the Lab and test out its two lasercutters, the 3D-printers such as the “RepRap” and the “Ultimaker”, the 3D-scanners, the vinyl-cutters and the milling machines (for a complete list of the machines at FabLab Zuid-limburg, click here). They also organize several workshops and trainings for (potential) visitors to become acquainted with (the machines in) the FabLab: for example, you can participate in a workshop on how to make your own 3D-printer or in a training on Google Sketchup.

You can visit the FabLab at Hoenderstraat 3 
in Maastricht (NL). For more information, check its website

First steps out of space

Posted by Jessica on Wednesday January 12th 2011 at 17:14

Every year the third bachelor and premaster students of the MAD-Faculty (Campus C-mine) work together in a cross-over research project. This year, 2010-2011, the students explore and design for public space. You can read about the project called out of space here.

We want to keep you updated on the process, so here’s where we are now:

The kick-off was on December third. Since the students come from different programs the first thing is for them to get to know their teammates. We asked them to explore our C-mine campus in a playful way. We got inspired by the work ‘Bodies in urban space’ of Willi Dorner.  The results are pretty funny. You can see some of them here, here and here. This immediately set the tone for a playful and critical engagement which we believe is fruitful for design research.

We also invited two artists who critically explore people in relation to public space. Our colleague and photographer Kristof Vrancken discussed his work involving ‘Non places’ and the traces people leave behind. As he mentions himself, he researches the relationship between human and environment in the forgotten in between spaces behind the facade of society.  Karl Philips‘ work concerns what we call the ‘outcasts’ of society. He puts phenomena and people that we mostly ignore on the foreground.

Then it was time for each student team to select a public space related to the C-mine site (this can be the cafeteria, the bus, etcetera). After a week of observation, the teams explored their selected space more in depth in a mapping session. Thomas Laureyssens introduced the map-it toolkit developed by our colleagues of the social spaces research group. This exploration through mapping can further feed the process of observation.

In the following weeks students continue observing their public space. At the end of January the teams will present their findings and will then be coached by artist Moritz Ebinger to develop concepts.

We will bring you more news in our next blogpost early February.

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