Student thesis project up for international design award, and the public can help her win

“Silicone Valley” explores the socio-spatial impacts of networked technologies

Collection of wearable naturalistic looking technology that changes how people interact with their screens, surroundings, and eachother.

Images courtesy of Pinelopi Papadimitraki

Published June 25, 2019

Thesis work by UB media architecture graduate Pinelopi Papadimitraki is in the running for the Community Choice award for the 2019 Core77 Design Awards.

The project, titled “Silicone Valley: Breaking Techno-Mediated Habits,” explores the effects of networked technologies on our sense of self, spatial perception, and social life, and has already been honored with a Student Notable honor in the Speculative Design category.

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A 2019 graduate of UB’s International Media Architecture Master Studies, Papadimitraki explores the effects of networked technologies through a range of behaviors, from socially recognizable gestures and personal quirks, to nervous tics and compulsive behaviors. Taking a critical design approach, her work imagines five speculative devices that break or make techno-mediated habits, as a means to enact alternative interaction between ourselves and our environment. Instead of presenting themselves as answers, the prototypes act as contributions to the debate that might shape them.

'Airborne' is a personal exposure monitoring device that senses air pollution and prompts citizens to empirically map safer personal atmospheres within their megacities.

'Airborne' is a personal exposure monitoring device that senses air pollution and prompts citizens to empirically map safer personal atmospheres within their megacities.

Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards annually celebrates the richness of the design profession as well as the insight and perseverance of its practitioners. Now in its ninth year, the Awards program remains dedicated to excellence and inclusivity, offering both students and professionals the opportunity to promote their best work on a global scale across 19 distinct design disciplines.

Engaging the architecture and media studies programs at both UB and the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Papadimitraki developed her thesis research under Bernd Rudolf and Jason Reizner (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar), and Mark Shepard (UB). 

"Detext" designed by Pinelopi Papadimitraki.

Against the problematic habit of using smartphones while on the move, 'Detext' gently situates the users' attention in context.