Weekly Colloquium: Science-Fact / Science-Fiction

June 30, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
by Michelle Christensen & Florian Conradi 25.06.2015 In this weeks colloquium we take a deeper look in to the muddy middle-ground of science and fiction, and in which ways they become dependent on each other in technological developments. We will draw on Julian Bleecker’s arguments of a ‘Science-Fact / Science-Fiction Continuum’ from his essay ‘Design Fiction’ (2009), adding some further examples from current facts and fictions, and


June 30, 2015, posted in News & Events
11.06.2015 Provider of "smart" and "portable" technologies bid the measurement of individual vitality values as a necessary condition of an optimal life plan. Only through a supposedly objective quantification is life–- so is the promise – worth living. We take the severity of this strenuous endeavor and design objects and services that create poetic, but also very practical friendly moments in the life of their owners. Presentation by

Colloquium, june 4th about “Opening Production” needs to be postponed.

June 2, 2015, posted in
On thursday, june 4th, we will talk about "Opening Production", based based on a text by by Sanna Marttila, Elisabet M. Nilsson and Anna Seravalli in Making Futures edited by Pelle Ehn et al., MIT Press, 2014 A new date will be fixed soon.

Community Now meets Joachim Gauck and Reuven Rivlin

May 26, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Last week, we had the opportunity to participate in the "LivingFuture!" conference of our partners at DIZF and to present our @HybridLetterbox to the presidents of Germany and Israel, Joachim Gauck and Reuven Rivlin. Thanks for this wonderful event! Photos by DIZF/Eyal Granit & Miriam Daur

Weekly Colloquium: How critical making is transforming environmental research

May 19, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
on thursday, may 21, we will talk about the critical maker movement in general and this paper in particular: Wylie, Sara Ann, et al. "Institutions for civic technoscience: How critical making is transforming environmental research." The Information Society 30.2 (2014): 116-126.

Weekly Colloquium

May 6, 2015, posted in Embodied Interaction
Dear friends of the colloquium, tomorrow we will have our last pracical based session, where we will get to know Cultural Probes and learn how to adapt them to a specific context. We start as usual at 9:30 a.m., room 217, Einsteinufer 43.

Video Documentary: CLOSER

April 30, 2015, posted in Embodied Interaction
A short video documentary about our research project CLOSER is finished It explores new forms of interaction through touch and gestures, overcomes conventional interfaces, investigates the meaning of interpersonal touch and examines the potential for tactile communication in health care and human computer interaction. Prototypes are explored in order to project future scenarios with our skin and body as a means of embodied interaction. Team: Alexander

Kompaktkurs I Public Home I Susanne Hausstein / Miriam Lahusen

April 29, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
Nudging ist das Wort der Stunde. Statt Ge- und Verboten sollen kleine Stupser das Verhalten der Bevölkerung in die „richtige“ Richtung stupsen. Es bleibt jedem selbst überlassen, dem nach zu geben oder das Gegenteil zu tun. Ist ein subtiler Eingriff in Alltagsentscheidungen legitim, weil Gesellschaft ohnehin manipuliert oder handelt es sich um nicht zulässige Methoden? Wie weit reicht die Verantwortung für die soziale Gemeinschaft und

Weekly Colloquium | Hands On Methods

April 29, 2015, posted in News & Events
Dear friends of the colloquium, next thursday we will continue with another practical based method analysis. Happy to have you here, as usual @9:30 a.m. room 217, Einsteinufer 43

Long Table Event / Community Now? on vimeo

February 17, 2015, posted in Civic Infrastructures
In June 2014, we had several workshops, a rich program with the exchange students from Bezalel, and a Long Table Event. There where project presentations, discussions and workshops on concepts of Living Lab. With guests from different disciplines as ethnology, urban planning, social studies, the event aimed to focus on a concept of Living Lab that we integrate in our research work, as part of