SD: Sustainable DIY
This thesis proposal is open and exploratory, looking into DIY and sustainability - the changes we need to make may well be systemic, but what can be done at the level of small changes, single products, community-based movements, and local cosmopolitanism?
A decrease in costs and the broader availability of computational components, platforms and ecosystems support the rise of the maker movement and DIY (Do-it-Yourself) cultures. These movements can be viewed as a form of democratization of technology design, e.g., MyNatureWatch camera, see (www.mynaturewatch.net), where a wildlife camera was made available for people to build for themselves and use to capture images of nature.
At times of a need for societal transitions toward more sustainable living, it is an exciting proposition to explore ways in which sustainability can become a part of maker, DIY, and startup cultures. The project calls for an interdisciplinary inquiry into such innovation spaces and their potential to help with societal transitions to a more sustainable future.
The courses - obligatory IN5000, IN 5010 and IN5591. The remaining three courses may include Tangible Interaction, Entrepreneurship or at TIK.