In the Bubble

My reflection will focus on Chapter 5 of “In The Bubble »

The author speaks of thinking not workspace by its equipment but by how the individual feels. The development of new technologies is not something that will necessarily allow the individual to flourish within its workspace. But if the employee does not work in the best conditions his involvement in tasks and the quality of work will not be optimal.

Like the author I think that innovation is a social process. When we interact with others, learning is more effective. With these new data that situations requiring, innovations will appear. But today the area that develops most is probably new technologies. In this area there is a race to innovation, small and portable technology, intelligent home. The new technology is introduced into our daily life. It is something which personally surprised me when I arrived in India, everybody has a smartphone, although the individuals live in precarious situations, they spend their money in a smartphone. A hypothesis which results from it from me is that it allows them to discover something else, internet allows to explore enormously without having to move, and so to allow them to escape. Yet I can speak about experience that does not work. The idea which I had of India before arriving was extremely taken away from what I had expected. With the image of the country which the western medias show, I thought I would have much more difficulty adapting me and living on a daily basis.

The author also brings a reflection on the role of the architect in the design of a space. In his example of the airport the author explains us that the architect has little chance to impose a coherent and stable solution within the circulation in the space. It is the very interesting point which was taught us and which differentiates the architects from the designers. The architect is going to design his building without making the effort to study how the individuals are going to live and to appropriate the space.The creator is going to define a direction to be followed by means of various indicators as of the signaling system, but if the users are naturally going to stop in a certain place in an axis of circulation, it is going to transform a simple passage into place of life because of the circumstances. We can very well perceive this phenomenon in everyday life. When we look at a green space, we see appearing a dirt tracks drawn by the flow of the users, and it ways is going to build up itself naturally if he allows to save time, If the stone way is one ways longer people will take the risk of walking in the grass. Indeed if the design of the building does not take into account the users inside, the everyday life inside risks to be uncomfortable. Our space designer’s role is to help the individual to feel the best in its environment. I was able to discover in India that the stake in the circulation in the space is essential. A so strong concentration of population moving in the space, if we take the example of a very busy metro, is very difficult and impacts on the morale. We can very feel ill at ease. I think that it is the mission of a space designer to think about this kind of problem.

The author puts then in parallel the new technology and the movement of human flow. He says: « it is not enough to design for the pure movement ». He continues with the example of the airport. A space of passage became a waiting space where the users take advantage of seats. The creator tried to take advantage of the space by replace the seats by shops. If the individuals wait here why not to encourage consumption. But it had an inverse effect. The users left the place because the designers had not well analyzed the needs of individuals.

The author ends to define the human being as a social animal. It is Aristote who created this term. We can explain it like: « Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. » He concluded buy saying that the new technologies are only tools and supports. It is the communication and the development of the users who are essential. The individual has to be in the centre of the design and it is necessary to reflect the innovations for the users.

Questions of reflection:

Why do the inhabitants living in precarious conditions spend their money in the new technologies ?

How a space of passage becomes a space of wait by the action of the user ?

In which measure the new technologies made evolved the interactions between the individuals ?