Ambra Trotto

Biography Ambra Trotto

Ambra is currently studio director at Interactive Institute Swedish ICT in Umeå, Sweden and associate professor (universitetslektor) at the School of Architecture of the University of Umeå. She is part of the council of Ideal Lab, Norway and member of the program council at the Umeå School of Architecture. In December 2012, she defended her doctoral Thesis “Rights through Making, skills for pervasive ethics” at the Eindhoven University of Technology. From 2007 to 2011 I have been a research fellow at the University of Florence, Department of Technologies of Architecture and Design “P. Spadolini”. Her main research theme since 2007 is Rights through Making, that is a result of the collaboration of the two Institutions. The research focus started from Universal Design (Design for All) and developed towards Ethics in Design, and the role that Craftsmanship and Cultures play in ethical design processes and how they empower towards designing for Pervasive Ethics. Some of the other research projects, such as DaciaDesign, Land Flower Design are examples of research-through-design, being combined with didactic activities. Other projects are Barbie a Corte, Yakers’,, e.TIC, INPUT and Pro.F.Use. More info can be found on her website.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Thursday March 12, 2015 at the Sliperiet in Umeå, Sweden

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.


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