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Expect the unexpected: the co-construction of assistive artifacts

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This paper aims to explain emerging design activities within community-based rehabilitation contexts through the science of self-organization and adaptivity. It applies an evolutionary systematic worldview (Heylighen, 2011) to frame spontaneous collaboration between different local agents which produce self-made assistive artifacts. Through a process of distinction creation and distinction destruction occupational therapist, professional non-designers, caregivers and disabled people co-evolve simultaneously towards novel possibilities which embody a contemporary state of fitness. The conversation language is build on the principles of emotional seeding through stigmergic prototyping and have been practically applied as a form of design hacking which blends design time and use time. Within this process of co-construction the thought experiment of Maxwell’s Demon is used to map perceived behavior and steer the selecting process of following user-product adaptation strategies. This practice-based approach is illustrated through a case study and tries to integrate both rationality and intuition within emerging participatory design activities.
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self-organization, community based-rehabilitation, stigmergic prototyping, co-construction, surprise, situated action

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De Couvreur, Lieven, et al. “Expect the Unexpected: The Co-Construction of Assistive Artifacts.” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion, edited by J Brassett et al., Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, 2012.
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De Couvreur, L., Detand, J., Dejonghe, W., & Goossens, R. (2012). Expect the unexpected: the co-construction of assistive artifacts. In J. Brassett, P. Hekkert, G. Ludden, M. Malpass, & J. McDonnell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th international conference on design and emotion. London, uk: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts.
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De Couvreur, Lieven, Jan Detand, Walter Dejonghe, and Richard Goossens. 2012. “Expect the Unexpected: The Co-Construction of Assistive Artifacts.” In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion, edited by J Brassett, P Hekkert, G Ludden, M Malpass, and J McDonnell. London, uk: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts.
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De Couvreur, Lieven, Jan Detand, Walter Dejonghe, and Richard Goossens. 2012. “Expect the Unexpected: The Co-Construction of Assistive Artifacts.” In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion, ed by. J Brassett, P Hekkert, G Ludden, M Malpass, and J McDonnell. London, uk: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts.
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De Couvreur L, Detand J, Dejonghe W, Goossens R. Expect the unexpected: the co-construction of assistive artifacts. In: Brassett J, Hekkert P, Ludden G, Malpass M, McDonnell J, editors. Proceedings of the 8th international conference on design and emotion. London, uk: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts; 2012.
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L. De Couvreur, J. Detand, W. Dejonghe, and R. Goossens, “Expect the unexpected: the co-construction of assistive artifacts,” in Proceedings of the 8th international conference on design and emotion, London, UK, 2012.
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  abstract     = {{This paper aims to explain emerging design activities within community-based rehabilitation contexts through the science of self-organization and adaptivity. It applies an evolutionary systematic worldview (Heylighen, 2011) to frame spontaneous collaboration between different local agents which produce self-made assistive artifacts. Through a process of distinction creation and distinction destruction occupational therapist, professional non-designers, caregivers and disabled people co-evolve simultaneously towards novel possibilities which embody a contemporary state of fitness. The conversation language is build on the principles of emotional seeding through stigmergic prototyping and have been practically applied as a form of design hacking which blends design time and use time. Within this process of co-construction the thought experiment of Maxwell’s Demon is used to map perceived behavior and steer the selecting process of following user-product adaptation strategies. This practice-based approach is illustrated through a case study and tries to integrate both rationality and intuition within emerging participatory design activities.}},
  author       = {{De Couvreur, Lieven and Detand, Jan and Dejonghe, Walter and Goossens, Richard}},
  booktitle    = {{Proceedings of the 8th international conference on design and emotion}},
  editor       = {{Brassett, J and Hekkert, P and Ludden, G and Malpass, M and McDonnell, J}},
  keywords     = {{self-organization,community based-rehabilitation,stigmergic prototyping,co-construction,surprise,situated action}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{London, UK}},
  pages        = {{10}},
  publisher    = {{Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts}},
  title        = {{Expect the unexpected: the co-construction of assistive artifacts}},
  year         = {{2012}},
}