The ASI approach of “bringing-together” minds from these different areas over specific problems/topics comes with great diversity, but first and foremost it is a possibility to actively rethink the models now standing. New times ask for new models and investigations in an on- going effort to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs. We see a natural venue for exploration between art and science (but not exclusively) within the fields of technology, architecture, education and innovation.
Driven by Örkelljunga kommun and the organisation Multihelix, this is a project where ASI has been invited as a concept-development partner in exploring how a e-health focused school can be designed and created. The 1-6 grade school would focus very much on the use of new technology and innovative pedagogy, building in such functionalities in both the architecture and in the teaching.
The current migration crisis has brought awareness regarding the need for temporary housing as a primary concern not only for war-related refugees but also for displaced people after natural disasters and the effects of climate change. In this light, this project aims to deconstruct and rebuild the idea of a living space with some basic principles in mind: Modularity, sustainability, education and integration. We want that the living space helps to educate and integrate the people living in it but also that is highly customizable, cost-effective and easy to upgrade to a permanent solution. As a driving principle we aim for a housing solution that can adapt itself to the target population and builds itself around their needs. Through collaboration with architects in France and with help of a cultural analysis specialist, we have built a set of preliminary questions for the refugee population that will serve as a starting point for the design phase of this project.
The Food Institute is at heart an exploratory platform connecting different stakeholders interested in having new types of conversations about sustainable food. It will be a space for multidisciplinary, collaborative and explorative work through three arenas -The digital platform (virtual meeting place), The Food Lab (the physical meeting place and laboratory) and The Food Museum (the public meeting place). The Food Institute will gather a diverse group of people interested in advancing innovative work for food system transformation. It will engage actors along the whole food chain as well as people who are generally interested in (sustainable) food from other sectors (be it artists, designers, architects, chemists or psychologists). Apart from the three main arenas mentioned above, we want to use the many existing meeting places that exist in society but that are often disconnected and that focus on food from mainly one angle: universities, libraries, townhalls, restaurants/cafés, schools, museums, farms, farmers markets, people's homes, 'folk museums /hembygdsgårdar and more. many meeting places that are already available - such as universities, towns, restaurants, libraries, schools, museums, farms, farmers markets, people's homes, 'folk museums' /hembygdsgårdar and more.
This project deals with the concept of a black/whiteboard. Although there are many initiatives aiming to merge the blackboard and modern technology, they seldom do so by treating it primarily as a work tool for reserachers, designers and thinkers. We aim to redesign the blackboard by adapting it to the needs of those that use it as an extension of pen and paper in order to develop their ideas.
With inputs from artists regarding materials and color palettes, and from researchers and designers regarding their everyday needs, we aim for a new blackboard that integrates technology in a cost-efficient way but can also be used without electricity or a network.
Modern life is becoming increasingly connected to technology. High-tech solutions are the template for solving many of the problems and needs as the price for embedded systems and computers goes down. We feel there is an opportunity to think of modern solutions to current everyday problems (which might involve high-technology environments) through the use of simple, efficient and low-tech design principles. This project aims to identify such problems and work on solutions that are functional, beautiful but most of all with the least possible amount of modern technology.
A concept inviting people from various fields (practical and theoretical) to participate in the development and innovation directed to bicycle-functionality. The concept focus is on developing independent pieces - easily attached and removed from the bike - but immediately changing/improving its function. The project is naturally investigating different aspects of transportation, but it is also addressing bikes as a community function, an element for play and interaction, also – a political movement.