A Second Beginning

Day 1, round 2. As I delve back into my final project for CIID, a friend reminded me of the very first Arduino project I ever coded. I made a jiggling tea box that became excited whenever it was near a glass of hot water. It was my first physical computing project and my first… Read more »

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On Designing Process

One of my favorite quotes is “design is the redirection of flow” (Robert Unger). I love thinking about how this relates to creativity, resources, courses of action, and especially entropy. For the past few months I have been designing my own flow, my own design process, and I have emerged, sleep deprived, but having learned… Read more »

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The First Seeds of a Concept

After a week of research synthesis, brainstorming sessions, technical discussions about sensors, and lots of butternut squash quiche, I have arrived at a rough working concept. Below is the outline of this concept and a basic schedule for how I plan to tackle the second section of my final project.   Working Title: Dispersed FeedbackA… Read more »

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How might we…

Today I ran a workshop with my fellow students around the three design challenges I had developed from my research synthesis. We explored opportunities across different scales of the heating system. Classmates sketching and brainstorming ideas around my three design challenges. The three design challenges I proposed were: How might we enable building managers to… Read more »

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Research Synthesis

I began my final project by thinking about how do we interact with energy in an climate change world? I was interested in exploring how more volatile weather and more interconnected, de-carbonized, and distributed infrastructure create potential for us to adapt new behaviors. I was also particularly interested in exploring tangible feedback and the power… Read more »

Interview: Ian

Today I met with Ian, a 72 year old British resident in Copenhagen. He’s lived in Copenhagen for the past thirty years and he coaches Danish business people on conducting professional lives in English. We met at his four bedroom apartment in Norrerbo, where he rents out three of the rooms to students. Ian sketching… Read more »

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Co-Creation With Technical Group

Today I ran a generative research session with the technical & planning group from the residential housing project in Sydhavnen. The goal was to think about the issue of optimizing heat consumption from a totally fresh angle. In attendance were two technicians from Casi Technologi who are responsible for the smart meters and sensors, the… Read more »

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Interview: Jenna & Carl

Today I interviewed a couple who live in an apartment in Valby: Carl (36) and Jenna (25). Carl is a Danish construction worker and Jenna is a social entrepreneur, originally from Syria, who is working in women’s right issues. They welcomed me with an incredible Syrian meal—such hospitality and warmth. Jenna and Carl sketching their… Read more »

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Interview: Mathias

Today I interviewed Mathias, a 31 year old Danish landscaper with eight years experience working in the film industry. I visited him in his apartment in Nørrebro and we talked about his ideas of comfort, what motivates him, and his heat consumption behaviors. Mathias sketching out his routines when he goes to bed. Big Learnings… Read more »

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Co-Creation: Heat & Me

Today I ran a mini co-creation session with eight of my classmates to further explore the domain of heating. I was particularly interested in exploring behaviors around heat and the touchpoints of an individual’s consumption of heat. We ran three exercises: a timeline, a scenario drawing, and a craft/making exercise. The primary goal of this… Read more »

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