The project identifies precarious citizens in today’s society as a parallel to the Bauhaus ideology to achieve better living conditions for working men. Who are the precarious citizens today and how can designers be of service to them? What does their situation mean in relation to the new intimicy?
Frank Kolkman researched in ‘Objects for the Sharing Economy’ ownership, employment and precarity in the sharing economy. Offering a new product typology aimed at a more inclusive approach to sharing. By mounting two-faced domestic appliances directly into home facades they could be accessed by others from the outside at times when they would be underutilized. Embedded IoT technology used to control the devices, omits the need for platforms and give owners control over their own terms and conditions for sharing. The ‘New Intimacy’ occurs in the private homes as a place where one can become less independent from the large tech companies (the big winners of the COVID-19 crisis).
Klasien van de Zandschulp readdressed in ‘Hey Honey: “If she can only cook as well as algorithms can process’ Bauhaus’ analytical design methods for the working (wo)men. She focused on the automation of the kitchen, which has always been the place for innovations. Today IoT is gradually taking control of our households. Smart devices taking decisions based on data analytics of consumer behavior and algorithms. IoT seems 'the new intimicy'. Do we lose control when our devices become intimate with each other?