TEMPOS - Performing temporary spaces for user driven

Sustainable Design
Aalborg University Copenhagen
Copenhagen University
Time span
2010 - 2015

TEMPOS is a five year research alliance. The academic partners in the alliance are coming from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the KADK and Copenhagen University and have a common focus on user involvement in innovation.


The research takes the outset in the identification and performance of temporary, provisional spaces where a variety of actors are assembled with the aim of fostering innovation through an engagement with existing and imagined practices. In contrast to most previous work on user-driven innovation our approach does not hinge on the existence of established communities of users, which designers can ‘tap into’ and interact with. Our research will explore situations where the staging of temporary spaces for innovation can lead to the creation of new practices and emerging artifacts through open-ended interaction. The alliance’s draws on actor-network-theory (ANT), practice theory, social learning and design research underpinning that innovation entails series of translations. The alliance collaborates with international researchers and facilitates exchange through publications, seminars, and international conferences. All partners are engaged in education and professional training opening for continued interaction with students and practitioners in design and innovation.



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