week 25 — 2015-03-25

week 25

Reading 1: Speculative Everything

  • As a tool to create not only things, but ideas.
  • As a means of imagining the future.
  • Continually asking “what if” to improve to achieve the desired future.

“Things always happen in the art earlier than they do in design, like they have in conceptual art,” Boelen says. “But a work of art is not just a thing of beauty, it is also an object for discussion or debate and critical design appropriates this idea. It is not about a formal thing, but about an attitude towards everyday life, the things we do, the things we feel.”

“It is about what happens before the object,” Boelen explains, “about how the concept is arrived at. It is a new definition of design that asks questions. Critical design is also the most sustainable way, not concentrating on just producing new things, but on creating awareness of the issues surrounding them.”

Reading 2: Questioning the “critical” in Speculative & Critical Design

  • “What is this obsession with class systems?”

We are obsessed with class systems because we can’t help it. Because most SCD and practitioners in the field, we are not thinking about issues of race, class and gender privileges.

  • And because if we don’t call out your privilege — though you dismiss it as “misguided suggestions of privilege” 

This is what will happen: SCD shall not pass to stay in their own little universe, weather forecasts and fridge don’t help, look at their guesses, how shallow, and the development of more relevant and inclusive, they can.

Now, SCD imperative is nothing more than the alleged “lack of poetic dimension” in our relationship with electronic objects. The “social narratives” and “criticism” so advertised by the great majority of its practitioners seem to only apply to the aesthetic concerns of the intellectual northern european middle classes.

  • We do believe that SCD has something necessary and valid to offer to society.

We do believe that design is a powerful language, one that it is perfectly positioned to provide relevant social and cultural critique, and that envisioning near future scenarios might just help us reflect on the paths we want to take as a society.

In order to truly achieve these goals, however, SCD needs to be held accountable for its political and social positions; it urgently needs to escape its narrow northern european middle class confines; it needs to talk about social change; it needs more diversity, both in its visual representations and the practitioners in the field.

week 23 — 2015-03-08

week 23

Flaws of the Smart City


By embedding sensors in the streets, the Smart City is under constant surveillance; monitored by public forces and private interests. Being able to track and record activities has erased the notion of anonymity promised by the urban structure. Targeting marginality through these tracking systems is allowing to get rid of, physically and digitally, a specific population in a specific area.


System: climate control

Evil genius design: Shopping Mall climate control will be controlled according to the guest’s average body temperature is the temperature control to save energy. Obese people may feel very hot.


From catalogs to streets, Smart Cities offer generic technologies without deeply caring about their adaptation to the local context. Technological propositions from the Smart City provide cultural codes which are not necessarily going together with the local values. If Smart Cities visions are built on something, it seems to be on a western-life culture.


System: climate control

Evil genius design: The climate control will control the use of hot water, according to the science of the time offered a limited supply of hot water to save water.


Designing the city smarter seems to mean observing human behaviors from a bird’s-eye view, with a focus on crowd management. It’s missing the messiness of humanity, which will inevitably jam the quest for a perfect logical urban system. City making may have its own agenda; dealing with humans is all about unpredictability, wildness, irrationality or digital illiteracy.


System: climate control

Evil genius design: Sleep time the temperature will automatically adjust to a comfortable temperature when you wake up you would raise the temperature to make it hot to wake up.

week 22 — 2015-03-01

week 22

During the class, we had a workshop with Luke from Kin Design.

In the class, we make a smart vending machine model by combined our systems.

About this vending machine model, we design lets this machine can keep the food warm and cool, and adjust the temperature you prefer. With a CCTV camera to monitor your health, and also incorporates fitness app you can get free food by exercise records. Of course, before you get food, you also need to finish you choose foods that corresponds to the steps. So let us steps for free.

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Group system model

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Combining with other four systems in our elephant group, I invention four different objects with my system, climate control.

Climate-Controlled Clothing Keeps You at the Perfect Temperature

Swelter no more in the summer heat only to shiver once you enter a store blasting its AC. The new ClimaWare line of clothing by India’s Dhama Innovations keeps you comfy no matter what the thermometer says. Designed to flip from 0 to 100 degrees Celsius at the push of a button, the clothing and accessories feature eight levels of heating and cooling to cope with unpredictable weather, extreme temperatures, and hostile environments. In addition to helping soldiers stay toasty in subzero conditions and keeping cows cool enough to produce more milk, the technology could also be applied to control bleeding in a medical emergency.


(source: http://www.libelium.com/smart-city-urban-resilience-smart-environment/#!prettyPhoto)

The technology at play here is an adaptation of the Peltier Effect, which occurs when electricity is run through two different metals connected to each other: One metal will become cool, while the other metal will become hot. Vistakula’s nano-based technology uses that effect inside those puck-like inserts on the vest above. Thermoelectric materials that touch the skin either heat or cool your body; it’s your choice. The pucks are placed at points where sweating is low, but blood vessels are very dense — in other words, the most efficient places for regulating body temperature.