Resource Map Haspengouw

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Wednesday February 27th 2013 at 19:22

The 28th of March Social Spaces|CUO organises the workshop ‘Resource Map Haspengouw’ in collaboration with Haspenwood at the Conflict & Design triennale in Genk. During this workshop, we will map the local resources of Haspengouw, Limburg (BE) (a region known for its fruit trees) and explore their potential. More specifically we will explore how a fruit tree as a whole including its fruits, waste materials, bioactive compounds and wood can be ‘valorised’. Next to this material resource we also see the local knowledge and the environment of Haspengouw as potential resources for the development of a sustainable production system.

During the workshop, we aim to create tangible design proposals for production systems based on local resources. We hope that the outcome will lead to some small projects – set up by the participants – that can be shown in the design triennial exhibition Conflict & Design and one long term project that will lead to a specific funding proposal.

What can you expect?

To address this topic, the one-day workshop is divided into two parts.

First, the participants will take part in a brainstorm, which will lead to specific project ideas about how to valorise local resources. During this brainstorm, the participants will use ‘Resource Map’. This is a design game that supports interdisciplinary teams in developing a shared vision about how to address a complex design challenge. The game is based on a series of hexagonal tiles that represent personal resources, such as experience, material, funding, information or infrastructure. During the game, the participants build on each other’s ideas by clustering their personal resource tiles into teams. The game is completed when the different teams agree upon several interconnected design proposals. Throughout the game, a design proposal is formulated and documented.

In the afternoon, a visit to FabLab Genk is organised, where all participants can translate their design proposals into concrete design scenarios (such as storyboards or prototypes). All participants will be introduced to the FabLab and its machines (lasercutter, 3D printer, CNC mill), which the participants can use to explore their design proposals in a hands-on way by using local recourses (such as apple wood and waste materials).

If you are interested to participate in developing a sustainable production system for the region of Haspengouw Limburg you can register at the website of Conflict & Design. Or follow the research preparations at the Resource Map blog.