Up the mountain

Today we took our luggage on a trip up a mountain to really experience „real“  mobility. We met at Stans and went up the mountain with the exciting Cabriobahn. The view was amazing and the atmosphere in our group was already great.

When we arrived at the top, we were given the task to walk around open minded and focus on all kind of different impressions we make on our trip. We had a look at small things, such as flowers or stones.

Another task was to think about what is needed to create something new. We talked about important facts such as courage, self- confidence, a bad environment (which we need to improve), innovative ideas and the discussions with other people. And we also talked about the space, where we can be innovative.

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We made an experiment where we had to sit down by ourselves trying not to think about anything and just listen to our breath.  We shared our experiences about that afterwards and this led to a really interesting discussion.

It was a really inspiring day!

Exhibition day

We started our day at the Soziale Arbeit building in Lucerne by setting up our exhibitions for the last test run. After getting feedback from other students, we moved the exhibition to the room reserved at Raddison Blu hotel across the street. The final exhibition worked as we had planned.

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For the following workshop we were divided into groups, in which we had time to get relaxed and talk about different topics regarding mobile workspaces. In my group, we went to a hotel room and talked about a new museum project, which was called M1. We talked about this innovative project.

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The hotel room where we discussed this topic was not so big, and it was also pretty hot inside. Its not an ideal space to be innovative as it’s a closed small room. But at the same time, it was really comfortable and with the limited space, it was easier to connect with each other.

A&A

This day started at Benzeholz Gallery in Meggen. We were invited to visit an exhibition by the artists A&A. Their exibition showed us a different way of setting up an exhibition by  crossing the line between art and real life. The exhibition  house was pretty interesting to visit and had its own relaxing atmosphere.

After having a look at the exhibition space, we started composing our own exhibitions by theme groups. As I had created an object to organise my tools I need at the office,  my theme was mobile workplaces. We started by discussing what it was that linked our projects beside the obvious thematical similarity. All of our pieces of luggage look unsuspicious and like nothing special  from the outside. So we started developing the concept of our exhibition based upon this.

 

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Working in groups with different people who had kind of the same transformation ideas, helped bringing many ideas together.

Let the work begin

Task1:

We started with a walk in a group from Hergiswil to Horw. On our way  we were given  the task to get to know each other and find collaborative places. When we arrived, we had a Introduction of space and mobility. And how we should work in collaborative groups. And we also learned more about our sponsor, the enterprise Witzig. We started talking about space and how we act in different spaces.

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Task 2:

We are in a constant move and your bag/suitcases should not limit us if we take them with us. A mobile Lab is something very personal, because everybody needs something different to bring with them . We all have a different interpretation of the meaning of creativity.

 

Task 3:

The people made the fablab room into something special. Cause when we worked all there, a specific atmosphere developed.

 

Task 4:

We were all sitting on different tables, each of us with different ideas and abilities. So it was great to interact with each other and help out others in certain ways.

Wrapping it all up

Today was our last session of CreaLab summer school. Each group presented their experiences and findings from Thursday´s field trips. Even though every group was on the move, each had different activities and discussions.

We also had the opportunity to hear about this week´s topic on mobile workspaces from our guest speaker Johann Weichbrodt from FHNW. This was a very interesting presentation since he touched on key points for current and future scenarios.

In general, it was an intense week full of creativity, collaboration and experiences! Thank you Stejn and Bettina for organizing it all and for your time and support.

Wrap up (Friday)

Friday began early in the morning. We were able to hear each groups experiences from the day before, as the entire group split into several small groups. I found it very interesting that several groups all concluded that collaboration was more effective in smaller groups.

When our group presented, we were able to show some pictures and a video from our workshop the prior day (thanks to Stijn). We were also able to detail some of the results from the human luggage experiment.

Following a break, the focus turned to where people actually work: in the office, home, 3rd places or a mix. We were able to hear a presentation from a professor working in the Northwestern Switzerland Hochschule. This was a very interesting topic, and opened our eyes to visualise just how many people still work in a traditional manner within their workplaces.

The day finished with a discussion based on the working place topic.

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End of the course

At Friday, we meet each other to do the presentation from Thursday again.

After it, we were listening to a presentation about work and the change in working places. This means that early in the seventies, people thought about making stationary places to mobile places.

For the end, us is given the same question sheet than in the beginning of the course. It was very interesting how much more i know now about collaborative creative Environments.

At the end i can say im glad about picking this course. It was something new (im studying economics) to see and explore. It was a funny and interesting week.

Lake Lucerne on Boat

I decided to join the Group who is going on a shiptour an lake lucerne at Thursday Morning.

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We meet around 9 at the dock station and the ship started half an our later. On the ship we had first build small groups of 3 people. After it, every group received four tasks. Every group has to write short about dialogues, material and in some point about our work so far. The writed concerned the ship and his environment.

After it, we had the afternoon off and we were able to set up ourself for an presentation, which we made at the soziale Arbeit.

After the presentation, we were going to the Jazzkantine for dinner. It was like a secret spot, under a restaurant. It was very funny because we were able to get each other better known.

Writer: David Kronig

Diskussion und Austausch

Die Ideen waren vorhanden und die Objekte bereits konstruiert. Aber wie kann man ein Prototyp am besten ausstellen damit die Besucher den Sinn und Zweck auf anhieb verstehen? Welche Hilfsmittel sind notwendig und welche verwirrend?
In den jeweiligen Gruppen wurden Ausstellungskonzepte erstellt, damit die Objekte selbsterklärend wirken. Wir hatten das Thema „Stuktur“. Dies bedingte, dass die Ausstellung der Objekte auch sehr strukturiert und geradlinig sein sollte. Die offizielle Ausstellung jeder Gruppe fand schlussendlich im Hotel Radisson statt.

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Der zweite Teil des Tages wurde mit einer Rede von Xaver Büeler eröffnet. Die Studierenden und externen Teilnehmer wurden gemischt und wieder in Gruppen eingeteilt. Unsere Gruppe ging in den Wellnessbereich des Hotels. Jeder sollte herausfinden, welche Anforderungen in einem privaten Raum oder am Arbeitsplatz notwendig sind damit man sich wohl fühlt.

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Die entstandene Diskussion war sehr entspannend und locker. Jeder hatte andere Vorstellungen vom perfekten Arbeitsplatz. Da ich Innenarchitektur studiere und wir uns oft mit Ergonomie am Arbeitsplatz befassen, fand ich es sehr interessant zu hören, welche Anforderungen für jedermann wichtig sind.