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SPOT

I. SUMMARY INFORMATION
Project
302932
Status
Submitted
Award category
Shaping a circular industrial ecosystem and supporting life-cycle thinking
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NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS RISING STARS: concepts or ideas submitted by young talents (aged 30 or less)
Project title
SPOT
Full concept/idea title
Individual Mobile Working Unit
Description

Contemporary workers are becoming the modern nomads who are looking for the right spot to stay productive. This SPOT in our proposal is an individual mobile working unit, which comes with the specific material and transfer mode and is aimed at workers who need to work with flexibility of their own customized and hygienic space, in any public or private context; Promoting the idea that can work for the job missions, pandemic situations and even the future of smart working. 

What is the geographical scope of your concept/idea?
Cross-border/international
Italy
Does your concept/idea address mainly urban or rural issues?
Mainly urban
Does your concept/idea refer to a physical transformation of the built environment or other types of transformations?
It refers to other types of transformations ('soft investment')
Has your concept/idea benefited from EU programmes and/or funds?
No
Has your concept/idea won an EU prize?
No
How did you hear about the New European Bauhaus Prizes ?
Other
On whose behalf are you submitting the application?
As an individual
II. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
Please provide a summary of your concept/ idea

" The best Workplace is a (spot) where your body can take the habit of Working."

SPOT - aside from its initial meaning - is an acronym, which stands for four separate words (Sustainable, Private, Optimum, Trans.ferable /formable); altogether show the main incentives of the project. These incentives are based on endeavors for responding to the important matters in the current design field; both in terms of function (as a working place) and structure (as a minimal space).

The main concept in Spot's design is to re-imagine the working place from merely an occupiable human space, to a working tool or device; A tool that can be carried around anywhere and whenever needed can be deployed and transform into a real working place with the immediate requirement for the usual "remote or nomadic working" condition; A designated human working place and the stimulus to her/his productivity with respect to proxemities. 

SPOT is conceived to be a contextless unit; but as independent as it is, it always belongs to a larger setting. This setting will mostly make sense in an urban context full of working entities. Milan with its importance as a leading alpha global city and its distribution in coworking spaces can give light to the decentralized working scheme implementation of proposal in its open coworking spaces (working garden, socializing courtyard, or, etc.) These spaces are present in nearly one third of Milanese coworking spaces (33 out of 119) and are the connecting area between working and urban realm, which one can set up their workstation without following the layout of the coworking interior space but with the access to its amenities. These units then can be removed to other spaces like housings, or any public or private spaces.

And last as private as is the SPOT, it is not meant to seclude workers; The importance of the employees synergy is evident in an actual workplace, but giving it a better direction to enrich working experience is what is aimed at this project.

Please indicate the main themes of your concept/idea with 5 key words
Sustainable
Private
Optimum
Transformable
Transferable
Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of environmental sustainability (including circularity) and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

Along with one of its main incentives, SPOT is an environment-friendly unit with the least trace on the surroundings. This is done by two initiatives;

First by the choice of functionality; Being mainly aimed at nomadic workers with working flexibility and also going along with the two scheme of 15-minute city and Near working in the city of Milan. Thus, environmentally speaking, it helps in the reduction in real-estate and carbon footprint, energy usage, greenhouse gases, traffic congestion and commuting time and also relieves pressure on transportation infrastructure. Not to mention that all of this is done by its unique structure that can be easily transported by human force and provide the optimum necessities for working.

Second by choice of Material; As a sustainable structure, it only composed of materials that are bio- degradable, recyclable or in away imposing the least harm to the environment; making the unit eco friendly as possible. These Materials include (with regard to their usage): Polyurethane-coated Honeycomb Cardboard, TPU Fabric, Polyurethane-coated Paper core, Polyurethane (PU), Synthetic Rubber from reused doormats, Aluminum (Alloy 6063), Ferrite (Magnet), Bamboo knitted fabric. 

Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of aesthetics and quality of experience beyond functionality and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

Human beings are eager to use tools and objects that satisfy their vision, so SPOT takes into consideration this sense of  beauty and tries to adapt itself visually:

It is a prefab foldable modular unit in the form of a cylinder or an hourglass (denoting on the temporariness) with matte translucent white shell (or any customizable color), which is striped with thin lines of stability columns (thin enough to endure mechanical forces without interfering the visibility)

It consists of four separate parts and a series of stability columns that are altogether assembled like a puzzle and mainly through static friction force, so that the connecting part stay homogenous both in expanded and closed states. Each separate part consists of a main slat, a foldable partition (three out of four parts has it), and five bases and caps for placing stability columns. Not to mention that each piece comes with the designated material with their default texture. By using a default neutral colors, it gives the possibility for being blend in and pair with almost any larger setting; be it in exterior or interior.

All in all in the design of the unit it was tried on giving a sense of lightness and delicacy as a welcoming working space, which can be further customized by the main user.

Please give information about the key objectives of your concept/idea in terms of inclusion (equal opportunities, public participation, citizen engagement, co-design, universal design, accessibility, affordability, etc.) and how these would be met.
Please highlight how the concept/idea can be exemplary in this context

Many contemporary design, working place design in particular, do not take into consideration the people's diversity or physical and psychological needs; Gender, race, age, bodily proportion, working habit and spectrum of human brain functioning (neurotypical and neurodiverse) are all part of that diversity. Despite having above average intelligence and unique abilities, not all people can always thrive within existing workplace norms and practices and are not able to work with their highest efficiency. So for a workplace to be inclusive for all, designers need to use all elements of the space in ways that appeal to people’s senses. As well as, physical working environment is an important factor underlying people's health ecosystem, influencing how they think, feel, and behave. In other words, Employees who have choice and ability to control the working environment have higher level of satisfaction, innovation and job performance 

Based on these facts, SPOT is designed to be a customizable transformable unit that comes with the capability to change into different forms to accommodate different working postures and human body dimensions:

  • The height of the volume (space inside), the furniture (chair and desk), and roof is  adjustable.
  • The roof and either of the furnitures can be added or removed.
  • The partitions can be  adjusted from a complete open state to a closed one.

Not to mention that the unit is built with materials that are chosen from the collection of non-expensive or reused materials, making the unit affordable as possible.

Please explain how these three dimensions would be combined in your concept/idea.
Please highlight how this approach can be exemplary

SPOT is designed with selection of attempts for it as the human temporary working space to be responsive to sustainability, inclusion and aesthetics  in an optimal way: 

It tries to acknowledge the employees diverse needs; from the need of adjusting their own working place to incorporating specific materials that create this comfort. For an Instance, the translucent fabric partition offers both a design statement and gives opportunity for providing privacy and natural light simultaneously beside air circulation and thermal comfort. It also dampen noise throughout the space, which is also intensified by the usage of other porous materials such as fiber sheets and foams. 

As a functional tool it provide them with a tool that is actually workable; the density and mechanical properties of the materials can withstand and transfer the intended dead and live loads. What's more, the materials are suitable for outside use being water and uv resistant. 

As a transferable unit, all materials being of lightweight quality are totally contributing to the least weight with entailing the least volume possible; being flat-packed on transfer and deployable at the destination. Apart from having lightweight  and easy roll-able transfer mode, it also complies with the required norms and dimensions; so as to be allowed to be transferred to the intended destinations by any transportation means; public or private. And, as a sustainable structure, all of its material are chosen from the selection of eco-friendly and affordable materials; with the least harm to the environment.

Therefore, it becomes an optimum and habitable space favorably enough for providing productivity and a better context for nomadic working, and in turn, offering better opportunities for people like work at home parents, caregivers and freelancers; in particular those who do not have or cannot afford a private space of their own to work in.

Please highlight the innovative character of the concept/idea as compared to mainstream practices in the field of the concept/idea.

The idea of a mobile inhabitable space is nothing new and existed as far as the history can go back. In fact, The design of SPOT has formed after studies of many similar objects, many of which were exceptionally unique and innovative in terms of mobility, form and etc. But, the main difference between them was in the fact that SPOT is the only physically simple but technically advanced prototype that can be moved easily with its lightweight structure (max. 10-16 kg; each slat max. 4 kg), small dimension (89 cm in diameter), and implementations on portability (moving like wheel). And yet can provide a real working place with the immediate requirement for the usual "remote or nomadic working" condition. 

Please detail the general plans that you have for the further development, promotion and/or implementation of your concept/idea.

Spot is still an open prototype, and for now there exist little glimpse on where it is heading or going in terms of design. It can be envisioned a more independent, self-reliance, and smart generation of Spot; which involves engineered implementation without altering the general structure and form of the unit. Currently, this path stems from two facts: 

First, the issue of power and electricity is an integrated part of smart working. Notwithstanding, given the availability of portable power banks and light transmitter, the necessity to implement a built-in source for electricity becomes void. Still tackling its possibility would result in a more independent unit, which can work in off-grid places or at least in case of emergency. 

Second, implementing idea on stability column so that they can be adjusted without replacing them and in a quicker way will be more useful. 

The further provisions will be placed on removable solar power banks that will act as stability column, and their internal system of fiber shaft and hole joint then can be expanded in length manually and through vertical movements. So in this way the columns can be made in just one size and be adjusted accordingly with respect to the need. Although this idea is still naive, is important for showing the orientation of the Spot toward a more smart and user friendly unit. 

Imagine that your idea/concept is awarded in the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2022. What kind of initiatives would you take throughout the following year (June 2022- June 2023)

The core idea of SPOT stems from the fact that people should be flexible at chosing  their working place. If this doesn't encouraged by both communities and the workplace governing bodies, people can not turn to such structures. Still I can observe in a city like Milan many CEOs prefer those employees that not only turn to main office for work but work in a situation that the manger asked them to; under visible supervision. So once again my practice will likely involve the help of the municipality, employees and the working directors.

And last but not least, in order to turn the SPOT into reality I will definitely start to make the prototypes with the help of those professional from manufacturing bodies.

III. UPLOAD PICTURES
IV. VALIDATION
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Yes
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Yes
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