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Trojans & Drones: Materializing possibilities for transforming industrial infrastructures
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0566-2527
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Research Through Design Conference, Cambridge, UK, 2015Conference paper (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Emerging post-industrial societal needs require the evolution of existing networks of industrial infrastructures toward more distributed and citizen-centered configurations. This opens up new questions regarding what design processes and practices are necessary to effect change within these systems that are often deliberately not accessible and open for design interventions. We here present a set of design explorations in tracing and materializing infrastructures in order to make them available for design and participation, taking logistic services in a remote rural

area of northern Sweden as a case study and field site. A design concept consisting of a drone and drone postbox were used to speculate about the possibility of a community-owned delivery network operated by drones

in synergy with existing infrastructures. We used these artifacts in staging participatory processes of imagination and experimentation in order to explore possible future configurations. The project provides an example of a possible framework for initiating and curating the transformation

of industrial systems towards more open and locally adaptive forms and functions.

In particular, it illustrates the rich potential and opportunities for design when it comes to ways of knowing and designing with the infra- structural—that which is usually hidden beneath the surface. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge, UK, 2015.
Keyword [en]
Drones; Logistics; Infrastructures; Fieldwork; Service Design; Speculative Design
National Category
Engineering and Technology Design Infrastructure Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101705DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1328010OAI: diva2:801298
RTD 2015
Available from: 2015-04-09 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2015-12-08Bibliographically approved

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