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The suitcases journey started with my PhD thesis titled: lavoretti per bimbi - Playful Triggers as keys to foster collaborative practices and workspaces where people learn, wonder and play

The thesis explored ways to foster organizational spaces where collaborative activities can be undertaken using design tools and methods. I argued that for co-design activities to emerge participants have to be linked by ‘meaningful relationships’, hence emphasising that, before embarking on co-design processes, participatory design activities require participants to feel comfortable with each other, to be able to collaborate and to communicate shared languages.

Within this context I developed a series of tools called Playful Triggers and proposed them as effective tools to elicit relationships among their users so that they can learn together how to work together before undertaking co-design activities.

Due to the participatory methods and tools proposed in the research, I explored the opportunities for a thesis to become a place for participatory practices to emerge and to be an artefact where readers can physically, emotionally, and conceptually experience ideas rather than just read about them.

The thesis was consequently articulated adopting an anomalous format that: enables readers in constructing extra layers of meaning; includes them in asynchronous dialogues with author and future readers; lets readers appreciate the tools described in the thesis by touching and playing with them besides reading about them; and expands the thesis content beyond what words can define using textual and non-textual means.

A cardboard suitcase is the main container of the PhD research - a complex system incorporating textual and non-textual content that complement and amplify each other using metaphors as converging points.

You can find out a bit more about this work and the suitcase via some papers I published in 2004 and 2005. Please check the Refereed Publications page.

This thesis has been examined and passed with a classification C1 - pass with no changes.


some people that cited the suitcase:

:: The triadic relationship between persons, tools and a new collectivity, Taste the Knowledge: http://vward.wordpress.com/2007/08/02/the-triadic-relationship-between-persons-tools-and-a-new-collectivity/

:: Simon Persighetti: Practice as Research Presentation, Pedestrian Culture, http://www.csulb.edu/~gbach/persighetti.html

:: Mobile Thesis, Purse Lips Square Jaw, http://www.purselipsquarejaw.org/2004/06/mobile-thesis.php

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