What's going Ön? - Participatory perspective taking in urban planning through Virtual Reality.
The importance of citizen participation in urban planning has increased in the past decades. In recent years the
practice of co-creation has become a popular tool to structure this participatory process. Co-creation is a mainly
transactional process, a transaction of perspectives and opinions that together create an outcome, in which people
have their assigned roles. To move away from this transactional way of participation, this study explores the experiential side of
participation in urban planning. Experiential with the aim to not oppose perspectives but create a better understanding
between them through the possibility of experiencing other perspectives. Through the design of the “What’s going Ön?”
experience we explore how Virtual Reality(VR) can play a role in the participation of citizens in the urban planning
process of the Ön island in Umeå, Sweden. We present the designed experience and the qualities that play a role in the
use of using VR as a tool for participation in Urban Planning.
For more information about What's going Ön? you can watch the video or read the pictorial.
Published at the 2021 ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction - TEI '21
As data is becoming increasingly important for decision making in municipalities, we ask ourselves what this
data actually means. With BIAS, we explore the value of subjectivity in the act of data representation and data sharing,
to facilitate informed debate and constructive discussions. Can one’s subjectivity (values, background and role in society)
be of value when interpreting data? Our tool allows for interpretation of sets of data through being able to model
one’s own perspective regarding the relationships of these data points. As an addition to Telos’ statistical data reports,
BIAS uncovers hidden values which facilitates constructive debate.
For more information about the BIAS you can watch the video or read the report.
Coaches: dr. ir. P.D. Lévy & dr. J.P. Djajadiningrat
The Project of facilitating transformative practices (TP) has been about a systemic approach to the TP community as a
source information. This approach led to the identification of multiple issues on 3 levels.
With the introduction of the design concepts, The Transformative Matchmaker and The Transformative Mapping, possible solution
to the issues on all three levels were introduced.
The Transformative Matchmaker is a chatbot assistant that facilitates the search for relevant information enclosed
within the community, such as people of interest, papers and tools. The chatbot is also a guide for the community members
with updating their projects on the TP platform.
The Transformative Mapping is an installation that connects the physical and the digital, with the goal to have community
members physically create their digital platform profiles.
The increase of mobile phone usage over the last decade has a big impact on the way people interact with each other.
On the one hand there is a rise of spontaneous communication but on the other hand this rise has a negative influence
on the quality of face-to-face interaction.
This research looks at the influence of peripheral interaction on the awareness of mobile phone use. For this study a
lamp was designed and integrated into multiple family homes. Litt, the lamp, changes color whenever the participants
switch on the screen of their mobile phone at home.
After the field test of two weeks group interviews about the experience were held together with a short survey on
demographics and mobile phone use. The qualitative data from the interviews was analyzed and clustered.
For more information about Litt you can watch the video or read the paper to get an insight in our research!
Coach: dr. ir. S. bakker In collaboration with D. van Driel & J. Moens
I built this custom bluetooth receiver for I wanted a wireless listening experience in my student room.
I decided on building a custom version for the overall aesthetic of the device to fit my stereo set up.
From august 2017 till the end of January 2018 I have been an intern at the Rotterdam based design studio
Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken (A/BZ).
Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken is a Design studio located in Delfshaven, Rotterdam. Originally located at Strijp-S,
Eindhoven a few years ago they decided to move to Rotterdam. The Founders of A/BZ are all Industrial Design students
from the TU/e which contributes to their unique approach towards design.
A/BZ specializes in innovation through design, they focus on complex subjects and help their clients explore the
field of design with a hands on approach. Projects are on both organizational and contextual levels. Projects I have
worked on vary from creating a new design method for local governments to designing a better customer experience for
car window repair shops.
A/BZ is also founder of a second company called Openr. Openr is a company which sells a smart intercom system. As an
A/BZ intern I have done tasks for Openr as well. They ranged from small errands to designing and building the new
business fair stand.
Visit the A/BZ or Openr webiste for more information!