Crafting the Future. 10th European Academy of Design Conference. vol:10 issue:1 edition:1 pages:91-91
Crafting the Future. 10th European Academy of Design Conference. edition:10 location:Gothenburg date:17-19 April 2013
Environmental issues, such as air pollution, are complex problems, which include next to environmental also social and cultural challenges without instant solutions. Addressing these problems requires the input of experts with various professional backgrounds, such as politicians, scientists, community workers, but also of residents, as experts of their living environment. In order to include these different experts in addressing such complex challenges, a participatory design approach is required. Scenarios offer interesting possibilities to address these problems in a participatory way. Design literature shows that scenarios can be seen as tools to include all
kinds of participants in a design process. Here, we focused on how the narrative output of a scenario can be combined with the visual and tangible output of design for reassembly. This is a post-industrial design approach with a focus on involving people as partners in the design process by giving them the building blocks to create their own products. Therefore, the aim of
our research is to design a toolkit for building tangible scenarios that address local environmental issues. In our fieldwork we focus on a particular case study that addresses air pollution in ‘Genk- Zuid’, which is a residential area that sits right next to several industrial facilities. Together with local experts, such as a physician, a scientist, representatives of the city, and several residents, a scenario was created to re-imaging the environment of Genk-Zuid. During the case we developed a scenario re-assembly toolkit using a laser-cutter in a fabrication laboratory. The result is a set of wooden signs that can be reassembled by local experts to create new concrete scenarios, which on their turn can be altered by others. In our conclusion we formulate the characteristics of a scenario re-assembly toolkit, and open some new questions for future uses of the toolkit.