Creating Spaces & Future Formers @ e-culture fair 2011!

Posted by Sandy Claes on Monday October 17th 2011 at 09:18

Two of our projects namely Creating Spaces and Future Formers are selected for the e-culture fair 2011. This fair aims to showcase a diverse selection of Flemish e-culture projects concerning digital heritage, user participation, gamification, edutainment, the internet-of-things, open source collaboration and innovation etc.

The event will be held at the Ethias arena in Hasselt, on wednesday 16 and thursday 17 november. The e-culture fair aims at everyone who is curious about the digital culture of today and tomorrow. It is a unique chance to discover en try out projects, and to meet developers, project managers and designers. So if you would like to explore our multi-touch table or view some artworks resulting from the Future Formers project, come and visit us at the fair!

Call for projects for the Community lovers guide to Genk-Hasselt [dutch]

Posted by Katrien on Wednesday October 12th 2011 at 10:02

Met veel enthousiasme steken mensen de handen in elkaar om hun straat, buurt of stad zelf vorm te geven. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan het hergebruiken van afvalhout, het inrichten van een sociale keuken, het opzetten van een zelf-ingerichte uitleendienst of een zorgsysteem voor en door mensen uit de buurt.

De Community lovers guide is een gids die dergelijke initiatieven van over de hele wereld wil verzamelen.

Door verhalen in boekvorm te bundelen en verspreiden hoopt de Community lovers guide anderen te inspireren om een bijdrage te leveren aan hun gemeenschap. De onderzoeksgroep Social Spaces van de MAD-faculty verzamelt zulke initiatieven uit de regio Genk-Hasselt.

We zijn meer bepaald op zoek naar projecten die:

– afkomstig zijn uit de regio Genk of Hasselt;
– uitgaan van een persoon, of een groep personen, eerder dan van een organisatie (kleine organisaties kunnen nog in overweging genomen worden);
– een creatieve, en liefst hands-on, aanpak uitdragen;
– de lokale omgeving willen verbeteren of mensen met elkaar in contact brengen;
– andere mensen betrekken of ervaringen delen met anderen;
– vindingrijk zijn in het hergebruik van middelen of grondstoffen.

Ben jij betrokken bij dit soort project(en), of ken je er zo één?

Stuur dan vóór 25 oktober een mailtje naar jessica.schoffelen[AT] of katrien.dreessen[AT]


Visual Storytelling for Design and Innovation, Bas Raijmakers

Posted by Liesbeth on Monday October 10th 2011 at 09:26

On the 3th of May the research group Social Spaces of the Media, Arts and Design Faculty (FAK) invited Bas Raijmakers as a speaker at the yearly lecture series around design and architecture ‘A tot Z lezingen’. In his presentation he explored the use of the exciting method of visual storytelling in design and innovation processes. Raijmakers is convinced that design can play an important role in society and economy, but not via making more and more objects. Designers can engage in making visual scenarios of social situations instead. These can give an inspirational and clear insight in what is already present or missing in these situations. This still allows designers to make objects if they want to, but these artefacts will probably fit the situation better.

Umbrellas in a rainy country. The Belgian eidition of the Sustainable Summer School

Posted by Liesbeth on Monday October 10th 2011 at 09:05

For the first time, the Canadian Institute Without Boundaries, a cross-disciplinary educational program in sustainable design, organised a Sustainable Summer School in Belgium. Together with local design organisations, like Recentre, Z33, Flanders District of Creativity and MAD Faculty, they chose a peaceful green location in Limburg. Here an international group of design professionals gathered to brainstorm and work around certain subtopics in sustainable design, like water, food and public space. Around every subtopic a design team was formed, linked to two moderators and three external experts.

FOOD RELATED workshop in Tromsø

Posted by Rosanne on Saturday October 8th 2011 at 11:03

During her workingperiod in Kilpisjärvi, Rosanne van Klaveren gave a workshop at the Small Projects gallery in Tromsø about arctic food in general and about her FOOD RELATED project in particular. After a short presentation and introduction to the online platform at, a very usefull mapping was made with the MAP-it tool developed by Social Spaces collegues. The participants also worked with cultural probes to focus more on the experience, meaning, future and difficulties of food within the circumpolar north.

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