Part of our MxD process is to be able at some point to knock everything on the head, pull a cut and start the process new in order to see things from another perspective. Of course there is also always the possibility to readopt rejected ideas.

The process also includes lots of prototyping and testing and one of our mottos is „fail fast in order to learn fast“. That´s why we had the got the task to do interventions during the last few weeks of class. In the following we will give you an overview of three interventions we as group „Room and Architecture“ did.

 

Intervention 1

The first intervention was based on the results of the interviews we did with other students and employees about homeworking and their needs concerning the working environment. We decided to check the theses we got out of the interviews on our collegues. Therefore we did a flow with them were told them small things they should do which can change the atmosphere of their home office to the better. Some of this tasks were for example to open the window, to do ten jumping jacks, to put your phone away from you and to get a huge glass of water.

In the end of this interventions we asked the others how they experienced the flow and if they approve the theses we build on the basis of the interviews, and they did. They experienced it as refreshing and told us that they noticed that little changes in your environment and routines can change a lot.

 

Intervention 2

We got the idea for our second intervention from the feedback Mr. Wecht gave us on our first intervention. He told us that it would be nice if there would be a „MxD“-background available on Zoom, so all of us can come together in the same virtual room.

Therefore we created a folder in Microsoft Teams with a picture of one oft he classrooms at our university and a instruction how to use this picure as a background on Zoom. Although there were some technical difficulties because Zoom has some requirements on your background in real life in order to make the virtual background work, the result turned out nice and gave a protoypical idea on how a virtual room can work and how we can work with it.

 

Intervention 3

Our third intervention was in collaboration with the group „Room and Time“. In order to plan and organize the intervention we had a 2h meeting where we mainly discussed each others goals and intentions as well as our differences and commonalities as groups. Finally we agreed on two topics which were important for all of us: team work and „to swarm out“, which is a term which on of our professors coined for us since the beginning of our studies, which we all thought that got sometimes a bit lost over time, especially during the last semester due to the adaptations in our working methods because of COVID-19.

For the intervention we diveded the class in two groups: group „Social Walking“ and group „Lonely Watching“. Group „Social Walking“ had the task to get into pairs of two and take a walk in their environment while talking to each other on the phone and discussing about good and bad design. In the end they should present the class a short summary of their findings. The topic for the group „lonley walking“ was also good and bad design, but people of this group had to swarm out and talk a walk alone and take a picture of an example for good design and a picture of something which they think is badly designed, which they also had to present to the class.

Afterwards there was a short questionaire via „MentiMeter“ in order to gain feedback about the intervention. The feedback was mainly positive and almost everybody said that the change of the environment in general as well as the specific tasks to „swarm out“ and to have a „walking meeting“ helped them to gain new thoughts and perspectives and they would like to further implement these practices into their working routines.