FabLab Genk in ‘Research in Flanders’

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday December 23rd 2013 at 10:34

FabLab Genk was featured in the following article of ‘Research in Flanders’:

Schermafbeelding 2014-04-14 om 11.35.23

Read the full article here: http://www.researchinflanders.be/en/blog/the-rise-of-fablabs-and-open-source-design/

Save the date and spread the word: TRADERS. Negotiating public space #1

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday December 18th 2013 at 14:22

We would like to invite you to attend the launch/kick-off of the TRADERS project (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’). For more information, see below or on www.tr-aders.eu.

We hope to see you on the 26th of February 2014 at Z33 in Hasselt (Belgium). So, save the date and spread the word!

Kick-off symposium on the 26th of February 2014, 1 pm at Z33 in Hasselt, Belgium


Art and design researchers can contribute in interesting ways to engaging citizens, policy makers, private partners and other participants to participate in public space (issues). The methods of doing so are, however, underexplored. Therefore, the European Marie Curie Multi-ITN project ‘TRADERS’ (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’) researches the ways in which art and design researchers can ‘trade’ or exchange with multiple participants and disciplines in public space projects and – at the same time – trains them in doing so.

In this kick-off symposium in Belgium, Hasselt, we will start a first debate around this topic in close collaboration with art centre Z33. All participating art and design researchers will be present, from 6 participating institutes, being Media, Arts and Design Faculty/LUCA School of Arts (KHLim/KULeuven), Royal College of Art/School of Architecture, Design Academy Eindhoven/Man and Public Space, University of Gothenburg/School of Design and Crafts, Chalmers University of Technology/Department of Architecture and KULeuven/Planning and Development and the Architecture and Culture Theory research units. Confirmed speakers are Chantal Mouffe and Maria Hellström Reimer. We would like to invite you to join the lectures and the discussion.

Further research

After this event the project will continue with working with five art and design researchers and one sociological researcher who will test and develop a specific method on which artists and designers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways, being intervention, play, multiple performative mapping, data-mining and modelling in dialogue. These researchers will also investigate how these methods fit in a larger methodological framework that can guide future artists and designers (or researchers and practitioners in other disciplines) to work in participatory and public space contexts. TRADERS brings together a wide range of disciplines such as visual arts, design, architecture and music. TRADERS allows to bundle the strength of the different disciplines to commonly approach other (non-art and design) disciplines and sectors.

Save the date

TRADERS. Negotiating public space #1
Kick-off Symposium

26.02.2014, 1 pm

Z33, Hasselt, Belgium

Attending the symposium is free of charge but we kindly ask you to register by sending an email with your name, address and institution name to evi.donne@khlim.be

‘Design op Maat’ and ‘Cultivating Communities Haspengouw’ at Conflict & Design (De Weekkrant 2)

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday December 11th 2013 at 09:45

Several of Social Spaces’ project were featured at the ‘Conflict and Design’ design triennial (15 December 2013 – 9 March 2014, Genk). This article, published in ‘De Weekkrant 2′, mentions ‘Design op Maat‘ and ‘Cultivating Communities Haspengouw‘:


Stylist personas for the SmartStyle project

Posted by Karin Slegers on Monday December 9th 2013 at 12:09

SmartStyle personas

For the SmartStyle project, CUO|Social Spaces has carried out early-phase user research to understand the context-of-of use of personal styling. Based on this research, personas were created representing the four main user groups of the future SmartStyle tool: make-up artists, hairdressers, opticians and styling consultants. The personas (in Dutch) are available for download here.