Engineering Comes Home is an innovative, EPSRC-funded research project that turns the traditional process of infrastructure design on its head. Read our Overview Slides and scroll down to learn about the aims and methods of the project. Visit our Videos page (http://www.engineering.ucl.ac.uk/engineering-exchange/video-articles/) to learn about three workshops run in collaboration with iilab, Leathermarket JMB and the Decima Street Tenants and Residents Association.
The project starts with household needs and looks outward to design technologies and infrastructure. It puts people and their everyday needs and desires first. It acknowledges complex patterns of resource consumption in households, arising from interactions with socio-technical systems.
-Demonstrate a new paradigm for infrastructure design starting from the home, looking out towards provision systems that meet household demands.
-Integrate thinking about water, energy, food, waste and data at the domestic scale to support user-led innovation and co-design of technologies and infrastructure.
-Test design methods to connect homes to communities, technologies and infrastructure. This can enhance positive interactions between data, water, energy, food and waste systems.
-A toolkit for co-design of technology and infrastructure to meet household needs;
-Evaluation of co-design methods, including ethnographic research requirements;
-Designs for systems and technologies for infrastructure services in a London community;
-Development of quick-win information-based technologies identified in the co-design workshops;
-Detailed requirements for new systems to meet technology gaps.
This project will work with a case study community of London social housing residents. Participants will be recruited through the UCL Engineering Exchange in partnership with the Just Space network. Research will contribute to developing a Community Sustainability Plan, or other outputs supporting community engagement with local urban regeneration planning.
The UCL project team comprises Dr Sarah Bell, Director of the Engineering Exchange; Dr Aiduan Borrion, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and Dr Charlotte Johnson, Research Associate in the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources. Project partners include Dr Kat Austen and iilab, and Dr Robert Comber, Lecturer in Computer Mediated Communication based at Open Lab, Newcastle University.
The Engineering Exchange has released a report outlining our work to date. The report covers delivery of our community research forums, continuing professional development training, completed and on-going projects and other special events such...
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