Design op Maat: call for participants

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Monday April 29th 2013 at 09:22

The research group Social Spaces and FabLab Genk invite you to participate in a workshop for the project Bespoke Design (Design op Maat).The project ’s goal is to (re-)design self-management tools for diabetes type 1, specifically focussing on the design of tools and the interactions with these tools.

In this way, the project aims to complement current tools that are predominantly developed from a medical perspective.Self-management in diabetes is of vital importance, but is also very difficult and radical. People often relate diabetes to older people. However, diabetes type 1 it often starts at a young age. Consequently, we value the integration of these tools in a person’s daily life.

How can we redesign the glucose meter for use in public places?
How can we design a modular toolkit for self-management tools in order for people to adjust it to their own needs?How can we design for motivating self-management?
How can we use smart technology to support self-management (sugar supply, remembering to always have the tools at hand, remembering to measure blood sugar level)?

The workshop will take place on May 28th from 11am to 6pm at FabLab Genk.

We provide for sandwiches at lunchtime.

We follow an open philosophy. This means the designs that are developed in the workshop will be shared openly on the blog. By doing so, we want to stimulate other people to re-use everything that is made in FabLab Genk.

If you are interested in participating, please register for May 20th by sending a mail to r designopmaatgenk[AT]

Digital Humanities

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Wednesday April 3rd 2013 at 08:59

Following the successful first run of interdisciplinary Digital Humanities initiatives in 2012, the Leuven Arts Faculty, in association with the Doctoral School of the Humanities, organises another Digital Humanities two-day event in 2013. The programme consists of a public lecture by a prominent international DH expert, and a workshop presenting current Leuven research and developments.

The principal guest this year is Peter Lunenfeld, professor in the Design Media Arts Department at UCLA. His research interests include media philosophy, art history, design theory and digital humanities. Het is the author of various books on the role and the use of computers in arts, media and culture and has co-authored the recent state of the art handbook Digital_Humanities(MIT Press 2012).

The workshop the day after the public lecture features DH initiatives in the Humanities and in Science & Technology at Leuven. It starts off with a lecture by Stefan Gradmann on the role of the library in DH. Gradmann was recently appointed as Director of the Leuven University Library; as a literary scholar, he is also a member of the Leuven Department of Literary Studies; as a leading expert on DH, he will play a vital role in the further consolidation and development of DH in Leuven.

After the workshop presentations, Peter Lunenfeld and Stefan Gradmann will formulate response reflections and engage in discussion with presenters and participants.

Attendance is free.

Programme and registration can be found here

Social SpacesICUO at Conflict & Design, 7th Triennial for Design in Flanders 2013

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday March 6th 2013 at 09:14

‘Conflict & Design, 7th Triennial for Design in Flanders 2013′ is “is an investigation into the social relevance of design and the role and responsibility of designers in our society. This Triennial presents concepts, projects, objects and processes which are primarily developed within relatively new developments in design such as user-centered design, social design, participation design, process design, sustainable design, ethical design etc.”

Social SpacesICUO, together with FabLab Genk and other partners, will organise several workshops at ‘Conflict & Design, 7th Triennial for Design in Flanders 2013′. Specifically, on Thursday, March 28, we will organise a workshop on the (re)use of waste materials (in the setting of FabLab Genk) (workshop 6) and on design together with persons with cognitive or sensory impairments (workshop 7). The workshop will take place in Genk. So if you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to come and visit us!

For more information (and to register for the workshop(s)), see:

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.

Call for papers – Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Thursday January 31st 2013 at 15:07

The special session Design Culture for Ageing Well: Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’ aims to open up interdisciplinary discussions between social scientists, seniors’ association members, healthcare practitioners, researchers and practitioners from human-computer interaction, ambient assisted living and related fields, and other interested persons. The special session aims to bring together people from diverse backgrounds.

Roles of “diversity”, “heterogeneity” and “abilities” will be core themes, based on an ability-based understanding of aging and situated elderliness. The organizers invite position papers that focus on topics related to “ageing well”, “ambient assisted living” or similar.

Dates: 1-3 July 2013
Location: Maribor, Slovenia at SouthCHI2013 (
Deadline for submissions: 5 March 2013

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