A Starter Kit for Participatory Culture Incubators

In this studio course we explored physical design solutions to "pods" of physical space to serve as starter kits that encourage the proliferation of Participatory Culture in tangible ways.

Course Number: 48-777

Offered in Fall 2014. In this studio course we explored physical design solutions to "pods" of physical space to serve as starter kits that encourage the proliferation of Participatory Culture in tangible ways. Work was done in teams, individually, and in a collaborative interdisciplinary setting.

One of these Participatory Culture pods was to be located in Oakland on Craig and Forbes near the Museum. These pods would be designed to accommodate:

  • Play – how to create environments to experiment within problem solving environments
  • Improvisation – how to provide contexts within which alternative realities can be simulated
  • AR / VR apps – how to create facilities to support real-world simulations
  • Cognitive playground – how to expand cognitive capabilities through innovative tools
  • Conference of ideas – how to use various sizes of human groups to support environments, networking, and idea dissemination
  • Usability support – how to support all of this with administration and staff
  • Building support – how to support all of this with mechanical and infrastructure systems

The objective of this studio was to make apparent through the making of architecture: ephemeral products of social media, virtual entities, participants' minds, affiliations, expressions, collaborations, participation gaps, transparency, and participatory ethics of a society that is integral with the cloud.

The deliverable in this course was a book that contained the foundations of the course, consultant essays, student work, and a synopsis of the discoveries and proposals developed throughout the semester - all finalized in 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17 format. For more information, go to BlackBoard and check out the courses 48-400, 48-500, or 48-777. Weekly activities included lectures, board crits, and pin-ups. Mid-term and final reviews were held as public "design reviews."

Fall 2014 instructor: Omer Akin


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Offered By: Architecture
Program: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Intelligent Environments

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