Building Talks: Workshop for the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)


Context:

Methods & Deliverables:

  • Concept, design, production and delivery of idea generation workshop
  • Choice of ‘place’, a live and work building in Berlin
  • Design and production of workshop modules and process materials

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If you want to design for communication in a building…

… you are invited to experience the building with your body before becoming brainy!

This workshop was for 15 interaction design students from Norway who were visiting Berlin for a few days. Their final degree work was going to be around designing a ‘communication piece’ for a new part of their university building, some kind of interaction design – most likely a device or software, maybe something electronic.

I suggested to make things tangible:

The building became the canvas for their ideas, the barrier tape their metaphor for communication in the building, card board and tape their sketching material.
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The Workshop in Images

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Questions and answers were posed from window to window. Where did you buy that lamp I always see and really like? Who are you, opposite neighbour, who I see every day and who I never spoke to? What about going for lunch together one day?

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Once explored, ideas were sketched with card board and tape, through stop motion photography, triggered by 'real' impulses from real people in a real building.

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Students are mocking up possible behaviours of windows in the building...

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... in the camera image, the tape on the glass lines up with the windows of the building.

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