Lift11: Yasmine Abbas, Design for Neo-nomads [en]

[fr] Notes de la conférence Lift11 à Genève.

Live and India-lagged notes from the Lift11 Conference in Geneva. Might contain errors and personal opinions. Use the comments if you spot nasty errors.

What are neo-nomads? What are the spaces they inhabit? How do we design to accomodate their needs?

Mobile: physically, mentally, digitally. No allegiance. Go for convenience, with the flow, wear many masks, flexible, hypertext…

When you move you have to adjust. “Consume”: people, information, goods, spaces.

Relocation and space reorganization. *steph-note: have felt that a lot in hotel rooms — need to nest*

Variety of neo-nomads, from the climate refugee to the digital activist.

For a neo-nomad, territory is distributed and shifts as you move. Need services 24/7 when crossing timezones. You organize your space, maybe by buying the same piece of furniture from and IKEA store at the other end of the continent.

George Perec dans Espèces d’espaces: why not favour dispersion and split our living space all around the city (or the world)? *steph-note: clearly, mobility/transport issues — it’s not streamlined enough*

Cost of mobility: stress, waste. Many neo-nomads indulge and are in denial about the cost of their lifestyle. [photo coming]

How can design and technology address the cost of mobility? Maybe we’re going to have to become more mobile, it might not only be by choice…

Embed transience into design to soothe the stress of mobility and control waste. Foldable, dematerialization, shareable… Design is situational, an experience, relational.

Yasmine is using herself as an experiment. Finds it difficult to discard all these excesses, have nothing. Showed photo of her hamac, which she carries everywhere.

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