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Designing alternative future home stories

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Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.


Usually the smart home imaginaries portray nuclear families living in detached houses with a focus on efficiency and energy. In this workshop, we follow the co-design approach to imagine alternative future homes beyond this stereotype. First, we brainstorm the concept of home addressing idiosyncratic needs and expectations. Second, we try three co-design tool adaptations in small groups which allow us to collaboratively imagine speculative futures. LittleBoxes is a cultural probe variation with which participants can configure a speculative future by using inspirational and technological materials. The Tiles IoT Inventor Toolkit adaptation helps to tell detailed stories of how to possibly live with technology in the future. With the IoT Service Kit adaption participants are able to build speculative home scenarios and playfully explore imaginary future technologies within them. There will be two rounds of co-designing, so every participant will explore two of the toolkits. In the last part, we reflect on the experiences as well as discuss if and how participants could imagine adapting the introduced tools beyond the workshop.


Haupt, Benedikt; Pentzold, Christian; Becker, Alexa; Berger, Arne (2023): Designing alternative future home stories. INFORMATIK 2023 - Designing Futures: Zukünfte gestalten. DOI: 10.18420/inf2023_99. Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.. PISSN: 1617-5468. ISBN: 978-3-88579-731-9. pp. 893-898. Kultur & Design - Designing alternative future home stories. Berlin. 26.-29. September 2023