Participatory City Making in Rotterdam

The urban planner is no longer the single city ‘maker'. Different designers, academics, policy makers and citizens give shape to the city. The project Participatory City Making connects current top-down plans with bottom-up initiatives, it will facilitate the development of a joint urban vision, and give the new 'city makers’ the possibilities to contribute to [...]

Embassy of Youth – Graduation Project Lisa van de Merwe

‘Embassy of Youth’ was a collaboration with Delft Institute of Positive Design (DIOPD) and Oxfam UK. The project took a positive design approach to see how it could contribute to the community well-being of a disadvantaged neighbourhood, specifically the teenage boys in that neighbourhood. Theory on community well-being was used to evaluate how this was [...]

Beatlash – Bringing the social to electro

In his graduation thesis Sascha Naji examined how developments in processing power of mobile devices, new conncetivity possibilities and wearable sensor technology make it possible to let people actively create digital music wherever they go. To understand how such a paradigm shift can be initiated, this project examined the domains that play a role. The [...]

Symbolically Meaningful Products

Research in positive psychology indicates that consumption of material goods is generally a counterproductive behaviour for happiness. Nonetheless, it is possible to observe how some products seem to defy this negative idea of consumption: Symbolically meaningful products have the ability to make our intentions tangible, to remind us of our aspirations and to keep our [...]

Internet of Things Manifesto

In a joint effort by design studios The Incredible Machine (NL), Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken (NL), Beyond.io (BE), and FROLIC Studio (NL), and TU Delft PhD candiate Holly Robbins (NL), the IoT Design Manifesto was composed to serve as a code of conduct for everyone involved in the creation of the Internet of Concept design. The [...]

Geist presented at Thingscon 2015

Connectedness is not about connectivity. It is about putting data into physical form we can engage with. Geist is a family of connected objects for people living outside their native country. The Geist family of objects consists of the Radio, the Clock, and the Calendar. These are mundane objects that help expats develop a sense [...]