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BRIEF

"Use ‘PROMPT: Socially Engaging Objects and Environments’ by Tamie Glass to give you a quick heads up before coming into
the sem 1 Yr3 Interaction Design: Physical Digital Spatial collaborative module. ‘Prompt’ is one of the few books on interaction written
from the perspective of interiors so it’s worth a look."

IKEA CONCEPT KITCHEN 2025

IKEA's Concept Kitchen 2025 was designed and theorised to help make the kitchen and home a less wasteful and more conscious space. 

With considerations such as how to handle waste and food issues that the future may bring due to current mishandling. Systems including separating water from grey and black categories, as well as compact composting and recycling systems that allow for easier waste disposal.

Interactive aspects such as an overhead projector and table-top interface mean that a new way of cooking and dining can be achieved. Technology used would allow ingredients to be placed on the worktop and then analysed, creating possible recipes for the user to try and then if selected, a step by step guide is produced on the worktop as the person cooks alongside it. A very unique and clever interactive piece of spatial design; that is also eco-conscious. 

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LIQUID ROOM IN TEMPODROM

Located in Berlin, this wellness spa come swimming pool is an incredibly unique experience where people can float in pool looking upwards to a curved concrete ceiling, that appears to bounce around the room. Light projections cling to the room's structure and span the pool's surface; whilst people are floating amongst the colourful projections music plays underneath the waters surface. 

This calming, sensory experience is revered and incredibly exclusive. Designed in 2002 by 'GMP/ARCHITEKTEN VON GERKAN', careful consideration went into the experience acoustically and visually; as sound waves move faster through water and provide a more immersive experience that is encompassing. 

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SOCIAL SENSORY ARCHITECTURES

A 'playscape' created with the intention of enhanced sensory experiences for helping improve children's cognitive ability and the ability to process information. It uses light projection, organic textile forms and the touch of the user to change the surroundings they are in.

Haptic feedback is used for the interactive elements, using movement and contact tracking to alter the visual elements projected onto the soft mesh fabric. It is hugely helpful for children with autism, as it allows for different degrees of intesntiy when in comes to their level of interaction. Perhaps rather than a touch screen which may be harder to guage, the mesh allows for many varying levels of engagment and is more inclusive. An overall very special and unique piece of experiential design.

RESET

This interior space is one that intends to adapt to stress levels and physical symptoms of stress and so on. The importance of mental health and well-being is hugely considered in this spacial experience, with multiple pods that explore different ways to have a calming experience.

Ranging from a sound focused 'Therapy Pod' in which can hit and play on the room's surface to create a playback of sounds and song into wireless headphones they are wearing. The other two pods are focused on 'mind & body' and 'intimacy', all focused on renewing people's mental state and creating a better mental state and space for people to be in. 

The design being very intimate and private also allows for a wider freedom of expression.

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ROLL-IT

A project intended to tackle a lack of housing in Germany, this space saving and unique miniature home is a rotating multi-purpose space that adapts to what the user wants at that point in time. From sleeping, cooking, showering and even a desk-space to do work.

It's multi-layered oblong design is also made to fit an average person - such as the Le Corbusier's modulor man - the rotating cylinders being designed for specific tasks and ways of using the space. 

The design is nowhere near perfect and totally practical, but it brings about many questions of how we live in and use spaces. How much space does one person need compared to a family of four or more? Is it subjective, culturally based or based on financial income. What could future housing issues and solutions could be developed to fix our ever-changing modern problems.

SOFT SHELTER

Providing temporary safe and sanitary housing is a difficult task when it is needing to be achieved in such short notice; such as for short-term disaster relief. Or even a temporary solution for homelessness, the compact structures stretch and extend to create temporary walls that provide rooms for the privacy of users.  

It is efficient as well in many manners, it is easy to transport and even store until needed. This practical alternative to previous short-term shelter, and includes other safety measures such as the material being fire retardant. 

A study was also conducted where participants used and lived in the temporary spaces for six weeks, so that possibly improvements could be analysed and remedied for a better experience when used in actuality. 

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