Category Archives: social design

Building Gravity: On Gravity in Architecture, Urban Development and Utopia

PROTOCOL Magazine’s recent issue (No. 8) showcases a variety of original works brought together under the theme of “the ground”. In their contribution “Building Gravity” Fernando Luiz Lara* (Austin University of Texas) and Tom Bieling** discuss the concept of “gravity” not exclusively related to the … Continue reading

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Partizipative und inklusive Mensch-Technik-Interaktion

Bereits am 21. April 2015 fand in der Berliner Villa Donnersmarck das “Friedrichshainer Kolloquium des Instituts Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft (IMEW) unter dem Titel „Technikgestaltung – die Perspektive Behinderung im Kontext der Innovations- und Technikentwicklung“ statt. In ihrem gemeinsamen Vortrag und der anschließenden Podiumsdiskussion … Continue reading

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Design as Radical Labour (Interview with Tom Bieling)

NewPractice (Issue One) on ‘Design as Radical Labour’ includes an interview with Tom Bieling about social, cultural and political dimensions of Design. Find the entire interview here!  

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Social Design: Geschichte, Praxis, Perspektiven

Eine Tagung der Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte und des Museums für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 9. und 10. Mai 2014 Tagungsort: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Social Design hat in den letzten Jahren einen regelrechten Boom erfahren und erscheint omnipräsent. Aktuell … Continue reading

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Touching new ways of commincation for 2012 and beyond….

Dear friends Liebe Freunde Caras amigos A healthy, successful and happy 2012 to all of you (especially those we haven’t met this year)! Euch allen (insbesondere denen, die wir in diesem Jahr leider nicht treffen konnten) sowie einen sicheren Rutsch … Continue reading

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Ramia Maze on social Inno

After Dr. Ramia Maze could unfortunately not attend personally the last DRNetwork Forum, she did an interesting online presentation. I am not sure, if that video will be uploaded on DRNetwork, so in substitute i post her recent talk on … Continue reading

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Live subtitles in ARD

“BRISANT”, a boulevard magazine of the german TV-station ARD will, from now on, be broadcasted with live subtitles. This decision is based on increasing numbers of deaf or hearing impared people . Here you can read more.

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2007_Tact

A great number of blind people use watches whose glass can be lifted so that blind people can know what time it is from the position of the needles, their fingertips slipping over the dial. But once the needles are … Continue reading

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“A blind person’s interactions with technology”

We found an interesting Article about “A blind Persons Interactions with Technology” in the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) by Kristen Shinohara and Josh Teneberg from the University of Washington. The study is an in-deapth exploratory and descriptive case study … Continue reading

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Finissage StreetLab (15 September)

[For English see below!] StreetLab Finisage – Eine Ausstellung des Zukunftslabors für mobile Kommunikation Zum allerletzten mal öffnen wir die Pforten unseres StreetLabs für eine große Abschluss Ausstellung. Dort wird es viel zu sehen und zu erleben geben und wir … Continue reading

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Deaf StreetLab (Review)

Our Workshop with with deaf Teenagers at the StreetLab (13 august 09) was interesting and fun. We had two Sign Language Translators to support us. We talked about specifics and properties of Deaf Life. What are typical problems for Deaf … Continue reading

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Illiteracy

Even in Berlin, about 200.000 people are illiterate. Not really as a substitution, but in addition to written language we want to underline the importance of visual communication, symbolic language, alternative/augmentative communication etc. also for the context of illiteracy. One … Continue reading

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StreetLab Trailer

Yesterday we celebrated the opening of StreetLab. Enjoy the trailer:

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Out of norm – products for special needs

In 1978 the vienna based “Institut für soziales Design” developed this construction as a telephone for special needs… [ISD, “Außer der Norm”, aus: wien aktuell, Heft 6, Juni 1978, S. 12, 13]

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Deaf StreetLab (13 august)

On thursday, 13th of august, we will do a co-design-workshop with deaf kids at the StreetLab. Together in playfull workshops, we are going to explore the properties of deaf communication. Furthermore we will develop expedient and sensible product- and service … Continue reading

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Sharpen your senses! Review of our Co-Design Workshop with Kids from Neukölln(Berlin)

Our yesterday’s kids-workshop on navigation and (mobile) communication by different senses (see post below!) was awesome: We had a full day outdoor workshop with kids between the age of 3 to 12 years. It was difficult to count them, but we guess during … Continue reading

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Sharpen your senses – Workshop with Kids

Less than two weeks before we start the StreetLab, we and our colleagues take part at this nice open-air festival in Berlin called PLATZSPIELE, where we provide several workshops with kids (28.7., 30.7., 2.8, 4.8.). On thursday july 30, we … Continue reading

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Reinventing the Wheel

[Photo by Juan Carlos Noguera] A social design project on wheelchairs from Guatemala recently caught our attention. Read the whole article on design21…

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