out of space
out of space is a research project where crossdisciplinary student teams develop designs that trigger people’s participation in reconstructing public space.
Public spaces refer to a notion of a collective space. However research shows that there is little connection between the heterogeneous groups using public spaces: there is very little to no physical interaction, people privatize public space by creating their own private space, for instance by separating themselves using their own mp3-player, staying connected to their familiar social network via mobile phones, etcetera.
In out of space third bachelor and pre-master students explore how they can trigger meaningful participation. The research question guiding their work is twofold:
- How is the selected public space being experience or used?
- How can this understanding be used to trigger a participatory reconstruction of space?
Via observation of the public space students search for possible shared elements; these are meaningful features of the space that represent a ‘being in place’. These shared elements will then be used to develop designs that trigger meaningful participation and in consequence a reconstruction of public space.
Students: third year bachelor students in Graphic design, Animation, Film, Communication & Multimediadesign, Photography, Product design and pre-master students Photography and Communication & Multimediadesign
Coaching by Tom Vanroy, Arno Roncada, Wim De Buck, Rosanne van Klaveren, Edwin Vander meersch, Jessica Schoffelen, Kristien Heedfeld