This is a really thoughtful and engaging piece by Jenna Wortham:
By some measures, we are witnessing a rapid change in computing and the swift evolution of relationships between humans and automated helpers. A vision of the future is materializing before our very eyes, the development of networked helper bots that will manage every aspect of our lives, automating it and, theoretically, improving it by simplifying it.
But what happens when those devices go into disrepair — or worse, obsolescence — and their sleeker, faster successors go on sale, as part of the relentless cycle common among most major hardware companies?
Is smart garbage the next booming category of electronic waste?
This workshop focuses on how the notion of love can help explore and define participatory strategies targeted at dealing with issues surrounding e-waste.
In particular, we are interested in discovering how Participatory Design practice can offer ways of transforming people’s relationships with e-waste from negative affective relationships into positive ones through engagement, co- creation, and group envisioning.
The workshop focuses particularly on existent e-waste, accepting it as an (unfortunate) outcome of current production strategies in need of change.
Interested? Participation details are here. Submissions are due by July 22, 2014.
Can inspiring spaces foster people or groups to be more collaborative?
This is approach being used at Department of Design in Cape Town, which is set to launch on 08 July, supporting South African – Dutch collaboration in the field of sustainability, using design and innovation thinking.
The event aims to create collaborative opportunities between policymakers, officials, and the general public between the Netherlands and South Africa. It is the main highlight of the Dutch participation in Cape Town World Design Capital 2014, with 60 companies and organisations visting Cape Town, with an interest in developing long term business relationships in South Africa
The interior of the building is being transformed by Droog, the Dutch-based architectural firm. According to Droog, the design plan hopes to promote ” idea sharing by providing creative spaces for such individuals to meet and speak.”
To fit in with the theme of sustainability, Droog has titled this structure “FLOW.” It has been created within the renovated Provenance Auction House, an Art Deco building on Vrede Street in downtown Cape Town.