Category: Themes

  • Theme 1: The Time-Travellers

    Theme 1: The Time-Travellers

    Alternative titles: Prefigurative Hindsight or Imagination Interventions Theme leader: Dr Dan Lockton, Background You and your team have been sent from 2038* back to 2023. You are time-travellers, sent specifically to intervene—via design—to enable people to imagine new ways of thinking and living. In the 2030s, with the effects of climate crisis and how…

  • Theme 2: Meet The (Un)Predictables

    Theme 2: Meet The (Un)Predictables

    Theme leader: Emilia Viaene, Header image: Westinghouse Total Electric Home (1959) Background The smart home sector has made great promises in the pursuit of comfort, convenience, and control for decades now (Aldrich, 2003). Even industries’ future visions of long days past had the same idea, for instance with the fifties’ RCA Whirlpool Miracle Kitchen…

  • Theme 3: Challenging consumerism by design

    Theme 3: Challenging consumerism by design

    Theme leader: Dr. Lenneke Kuijer, Header image: UrbiCamp—image by Shams Hazim; concept owners Piet de Koning, Tjeu van Bussel, and Nina Boelsums. The number of technologies normal living ‘requires’ today in Western societies is a multitude of those a century ago. Not only in terms of direct materials – next to ingredients sourced from…