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Brown Bag: The Unintended Consequences of Design (UCD)

From sociology we learn of ’unintended consequences of actions’. Either as aggregations of individual acts or effects of complex and networked relationships. The former might be the well-known example of an individual choosing the private car as ‘fastest mode’ of transport only to find her- or himself in a traffic jam. In the literature known as the ‘irrationality of rationality’ (Ritzer 2001). In the case of complex networks we might think of a spatial dis-embedding of consequences from acts in one place into effects in another (e.g. climate change effects, or working conditions in the Global South as effect of consumption practices in the Global North). In this seminar we explore the phenomenon of ‘unintended consequences of design’ (UCD) within the field of Mobilities. As for example Appleyard’s study showing how the number of friends and social interactions across a street is dependent on the traffic volumes in the street. Traffic engineers and planners did not want to create a social division by means of the street, however, it so happened as a case of UCD. In the seminar a short framing will be presented as well as a few examples of UCD. However, participants are encouraged to ‘bring cases’ of UCD within Mobilities design to the seminar. We will brainstorm a list of UCDs, to see if there is basis for a research project/collaboration on the topic.

Time

02.12.2019 kl. 12.00 - 13.00

Description

The Unintended Consequences of Design (UCD)

Speaker: Professor Ole B. Jensen, AAU, obje@create.aau.dk

From sociology we learn of ’unintended consequences of actions’. Either as aggregations of individual acts or effects of complex and networked relationships. The former might be the well-known example of an individual choosing the private car as ‘fastest mode’ of transport only to find her- or himself in a traffic jam. In the literature known as the ‘irrationality of rationality’ (Ritzer 2001). In the case of complex networks we might think of a spatial dis-embedding of consequences from acts in one place into effects in another (e.g. climate change effects, or working conditions in the Global South as effect of consumption practices in the Global North). In this seminar we explore the phenomenon of ‘unintended consequences of design’ (UCD) within the field of Mobilities. As for example Appleyard’s study showing how the number of friends and social interactions across a street is dependent on the traffic volumes in the street. Traffic engineers and planners did not want to create a social division by means of the street, however, it so happened as a case of UCD. In the seminar a short framing will be presented as well as a few examples of UCD. However, participants are encouraged to ‘bring cases’ of UCD within Mobilities design to the seminar. We will brainstorm a list of UCDs, to see if there is basis for a research project/collaboration on the topic.

Place and Time: AAU, Rendsburggade 14, room 5.346, 9000 Aalborg, December 2, 12:00-13:00

The seminars are open to everyone with interest in Mobilities and Urban studies.
Pre-registration is not needed. Please bring you own lunch.

Looking forward to see you at the C-MUS Brown Bag Seminars!

Host

C-MUS

Address

AAU, Rendsburggade 14, room 5.346, 9000 Aalborg