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Week 36: Bodies in Space


This week is about how us humans interact with the environment around us, so it's about the body and our physicality and how (static or non/minimal electronic) interventions in your physical environment change the way you perceive and interact with that space and others in it.
The week will have something to do with how you propel yourself in a space (depending on the weather) and the general area of design is somewhere between architecture, interaction and product design.
NB please bring an old bit of technology (like an old toaster or something).

Transport, meals and lodging

NB this week will take place on location at Floda31.
NB bring sleeping-bags, toiletries and personal care stuff, (work-)clothes for 5 days.
NB bring your notebook, laptop, camera and such)

There is transport from the design school to Floda on Monday september 1st (as soon as we can after the start of the year meeting).
Return to the school on friday afternoon/evening or saturday morning (depending on what you, students, want).
Food is not included but on the Friday afternoon we are planning a make-your-own-pizza type affair where we will make some doh.

There are various accommodation possibilities: tents can go anywhere on the grounds, two log cabins, one that sleeps two, and one that sleeps 4 and a summer house that sleeps 4. The summer house has a fully working kitchen and in the workshop are coffee / tea / toast / fridge facilities and there is also an outdoor pizza oven with running water sink. Oh and a tree house (that could do with a roof) for the more adventurous. The closest shop is about 15km away which closes at 18:00, the swimming lake is 10km away and we have a few bike that can be borrowed.

Any specific questions about all this just mail

Week Overview


9:00 - 12:00: (start of the year activities)
14.00 - 15.00: Shopping; Bus to Floda31 will leave from … at ….
16.30 - … :

  • Introduction to people, Floda, idea for the week and brief.
  • Introduction to the the facilities, materials to use for sensory extensions.

9:00 - 12:00:

  • Ideation
  • Finalisation of idea and materials list (if we need anything else)
  • Re-cap to the group what each groups idea is and how they want to tackle it.

13:00 - 16.00: * Inspirational example chosen and talked about by course leaders. * Making / tutoring. * Finishing of sensory extensions.


9:00 - 12:00:

  • Experiencing the finished things.
  • New Brief and how the new sensory extensions are influencing the next part of the brief.
  • Introduction to the spaces available for the sensory extensions.

13:00 - 16.00:

  • Ideation, making.
  • Re-cap to the group what each groups idea is and how they want to tackle it.
  • Finalisation of idea and materials list.

9:00 - 12:00:

  • Inspirational example chosen and talked about by course leaders
  • Making / tutoring

13:00 - 16.00:

  • Finishing of spaces
  • Start to make presentation of final spaces and how the sensory extensions work with it.

9:00 - 13:00:

  • Presentation of final things, experiencing final things.
  • discussion of relevance of week to interaction design.
  • workspaces cleanup
  • presentation
  • reflections and feedback

15:00 - … :

  • Pizza time.
  • BonFire maybe.
  • return to Umeå (unless you want to stay and go saturday morning)

Expected Results of the week

Learning goals:

  • increase your skills regarding designing for the body and our spatial perception,
    • designing and constructing stuff on human-bodies scale.


  • physical interaction space and related perceptual extensions
    • concept video
    • presentation video (or documentation of process and result)

Resulting Student Work

link to your results here:

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