Workshop: Hospitality, privacy & openness in the connected home

At Fuori Salone Milan, The Good Home and Casa Jasmina teamed up for a shared workshop around hospitylity, privacy & openness in the connected home.

Workshop: Designing for Hospitality, Privacy & Openness

In it, we explored the very different the cataegories and questions to consider are, compared to a “base line” traditional non-connected home. In some cases these questions challenge very basic assumptions around what is private, what should be shared, what even constitutes relevant data?

Workshop: Designing for Hospitality, Privacy & Openness

To give you a few examples:

  • What’s private and/or personal? Photos of kids, passwords, clothes, emotional things, things that indicate political point of view, objects worth stealing, hygiene tools, passports, medicine, precious consumables like lotions etc, images from the past like teenager…
  • What gives agency or power to change the house? Tools, hardware, etc.
  • What changes through use? Learning algorithms, smart objects…
  • Moments of shared communality, for example around kitchen table
  • What shows that a person actually lives here?
  • Emergency things: Bug-out bags, panic rooms, weapons…
  • What makes you feel welcome? A comfortable space, a sofa, a spice rack…

One step further, how do these questions and considerations change if it’s a more commercial sharing arrangement (think Airbnb) vs a more personal one (friends or members of your group, friends of friends). What’s the spectrum there?

How do we define and delineate? There are no simple answers, but a lot of blurry lines. Also, as we evolve our vocabulary and language around these issues of “advanced” or connected privacy we might want to explore new metaphors aroudn both privacy and the shared rituals of communally establishing residency with people and algorithms: Barn raising, moving parties, the layout of old western mansions…

On one point that Bruce made there was agreement: IoT is perfect for unlocking granularly over time, for managing access like peeling back layers of access restrictions and inviting others deeper and deeper into our connected home and shared infrastructure.

Casa Jasmina also explores similar questions with their project Git-Commit, which was also on display in Milan.

We touched on some of these questions with Privacy Dimmer and Home Totem. We’ll keep exploring these questions in future installments of the Good Home.

The Good Home at Fuori Salone Milan

We’re setting up the second installment of The Good Home at Fuori Salone Milan with a wide range of projects and activities. Fuori Salone is the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan on days when the Salone Internazionale del Mobile which is staged in the halls of Rho Fiera. Every year, in April, Salone and Fuorisalone define the Fuorisalone Milan Design Week, the most important event in the world for design addicted.

What are we up to in Milan? For a detailed list of everything going on, hop on over to Visit Us > Fuori Salone 2016 where you can find all the workshop times in detail.

Below you’ll find an overview for easy skimming. As always keep an eye out for spontaneous updates on Twitter (@GoodHomeProject) and if you’re in Milan, swing by and say hello!


Peter Bihr (The Waving Cat)
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (designswarm)
Iohanna Nicenboim (Berlin University of the Arts)
Michelle Thorne (Mozilla Foundation)

Projects on display

Data Domestication. Data Domestication uses the metaphor of pets to explore environmental sensors in the domestic environment. For example, the Air-quality Birdcage takes inspiration on how canaries were used as measuring systems for air quality in the past.

Home Totem. The Home Totem physically represents the owner’s privacy and sharing preferences within their home. Think dietary requirements, energy consumption profiles, records of former home ownership and the like.

Internet Adhesives. Internet Adhesives explores how to append the internet to everyday objects. This project argues that people shouldn’t have to buy a new object in order to get it talking with the web. It also argues that being able to open and modify an object is an important part of owning it.

Privacy Dimmer. The privacy dimmer can be regulated so that privacy in the connected home is controlled across a spectrum instead of just on/off. It consists of a set of two objects: a dimmer installed in the room, and a keyfob.

Recipes. Turn everyday objects into ingredients that you can use in recipes to control interactions in your home. Each visitor explores the kinds of objects they would want to be connected in their home and designs the interactions that they want–on their terms.

Home Sweet. Home Sweet sketches how we bring our own data to a home’s data and what kind of data service that could create. A new inhabitant could learn the history of the building, pending issues, and any local information that they may want to be aware of as they join a new neighbourhood.

Trickle. Trickle looks at how we might use motion and moveable home structures to interact differently with water. It enables us to make explicit decisions to throw water away or reuse it through a simple filtration unit.

You can find photos for all project in our The Good Home album on Flickr.

Workshops & Activities

Wednesday 13th

17h-21h Launch party / Aperitivo

Thursday 14th

11h-17h Doors open

Friday 15th

11h-17h30 Doors open

11:30h-13h Workshop: Designing for hospitality, privacy and openness in connected homes with Michelle Thorne (Mozilla Foundation), Iohanna Nicenboim (UdK Berlin), Alessandro Squatrito (Casa Jasmina) and Peter Bihr (The Waving Cat)

Saturday 16th

11h-17h Doors open

11h-12h30 Workshop: Technology for designers with Know Cards by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino & Dries De Roeck of Studio Dott


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