Solar Lab: Personal

2629 Sep, NOoF/TUe | Eindhoven
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This Lab explores "embodied interactions" with solar energy and make the technology approachable, tactile and inviting.

The sun, our source of life, has become the cheapest source of energy today. Yet designing a fossil-free world for all, powered by the sun, requires more than technocratic solutionism and one-size-fits-all panels. This solar-powered world needs to be mindful of circadian rhythms, of human behavior, cultural practices and energy needs tied to a specific place and system. The Solar Biennale envisions and critically reflects on the future of solar energy.

Within the Solar Lab PERSONAL, we place energy in an emotional context, recognizing that it is something personal, intimate and often below our consciousness.

  • Assignment

    Design and develop a Solar Design “probe” meant for everyday use that invites a new way of interacting with and experiencing energy, which is built on one of the sun's many qualities.

  • When and where?

    26.09.2022 - 29.09.2022

    NOoF (New Order of Fashion) and TU/e in Eindhoven

    New Order of Fashion is the international platform for exceptional fashion talent. NOoF supports sustainability in fashion by presenting fresh and radical perspectives through innovation, experimentation and co-creation.

  • About Solar Labs

    Each Solar Lab is a 4-day intensive program focused on knowledge sharing and knowledge development. The Lab is organized around a central research question that leads the participants to formulate one or more answers through a design probe.

    Each day a different expert will share knowledge through an interactive lecture or workshop. Next to these sessions, participants are invited to experiment hands-on with solar materials and applications resulting in the creation of a Solar Design “Probe”.

    Participants will engage in a design process using the materials and tools made available to them. Mentors and experts are invited to provide inspiration, guidance and reflection to the group of participants.

    The Labs are well documented through photography and video, in order for the process and results to be shared with the wider public during DDW ‘22.