Designing physical digital goods for local production
Cities are locations in which complex webs of relationships exist between individuals, commercial and non-commercial entities, institutions, spaces, regulations and power structures. They are also the site of huge technological advancements. However, these advancements are not always for the benefit of the majority of the citizens nor the city or the planet as a whole. There are suggestions that some of these imbalances might addressed if there was a more locally focused approach to the fulfilment of the city’s needs. Utilizing these large networks (both within and outside of the city) could provide huge opportunities for numerous mutually beneficially initiatives that would work to fulfilling more of the cities needs with unique, locally specific and appropriate proposals, while also engaging and empowering citizens.
The aim of the thesis:
Taking Oslo as a location, this thesis looks to explore some of the opportunities found within these networks and to exemplify them through the design of physical digital products that could be produced and utilized in Oslo.