CiCi projectlaunch, ‘Cultivating Communities Haspenwood’

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday February 24th 2014 at 09:41

The project ‘Cultivating Communities Haspengouw’, a part of Ben Hagenaars‘ doctoral project ‘Cultivating Communities‘, was featured during the CiCi projectlaunch:

Diary study PICASSO-Tx

Posted by Bert Vandenberghe on Friday February 21st 2014 at 15:21

We finished a diary study for the PICASSO-Tx project, where we wanted to learn how transplant patients deal with strict schemes of exercise, diet, and medication. We therefore gave 20 transplant patients – lung, heart, kidney, and liver – a diary to record their everyday life for one week, and concluded with an interview.

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During a first visit at the patient’s home, we gave them the diary. We then explained the purpose of the study and provided the necessary info on how to complete the diary. The diary contained a booklet to note down daily activities, and dedicated forms for exercise, meals, and medication. About one week later, we visited the patients again at home and interviewed them about their week and experiences with exercise, diet, and medication. We used the diary to trigger the conversation during the interviews.

We learned a lot about their best practices, tools that help them, and hurdles they experience to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This information allows us to make and refine decisions on how we could assist these patients using technology.

We will now create personas and write usage scenarios, which will then be used as starting point for the iterative design process.

Social Design @ WIAD Belgium

Posted by Selina Schepers on Saturday February 15th 2014 at 14:45

On the 15th of February 2014 it was the 3rd World Information Architecture Day. The 2014 World IA Day will took place in 24 cities in 15 countries. The Belgian WIAD was in Antwerp. The program consisted of a combination of keynotes, a hackaton and case & technique-presentations.

Social Spaces gave a presentation on Social Design, focussing on participatory design, the search for a correct balance between aesthetic, functional & social design and the role of friction. The final slides of the presentation tell the story of the DementiaLab, a project focussing on creating and sharing low tech tools to make the life of the person with dementia and their environment more pleasant.

Book launch: ‘Participation is risky’

Posted by Selina Schepers on Saturday February 15th 2014 at 12:27

On the 26th of February 2014, the ‘TRADERS’ Kick-off symposium will take place 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. We would like to invite you to join the lectures and the discussion.

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During the symposium, Liesbeth Huybrechts (editor and author) will present the book ‘Participation Is Risky: Approaches to Joint Creative Processes’. So make sure you’re present for the book launch on the 26th of February!

‘Design op Maat’ at ‘ZorgIdee 2014′

Posted by Selina Schepers on Friday February 14th 2014 at 10:20

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On February 6, 2014, Social Spaces I CUO presented the ‘Design op Maat’ project at the ‘ZorgIdee 2014′ fair in Diepenbeek (Belgium). Below is a short photo impression of the project presentation:

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Thanks for visiting us at the ‘ZorgIdee 2014′ fair!

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