Cher: Sharing Economies In Copenhagen, Denmark

June 19 - June 26, 2016

Led by Caitlin Blanchfield, Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Leah Meisterlin

As part of Cher, an In-Residence project for the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale core program, the workshop will contribute to the development of a prototype mobile application through research into home-sharing platforms and public spaces in Copenhagen. Cher is a digital platform—a prototype-as-provocation, allowing visitors and users to reserve or rent objects by the minute—produced through community-driven methods of historical and place-based research, focused on identifying untapped opportunities and existing problems within sharing-economy social platforms for changing urban environments. Students will work with local community groups, such as the Copenhagen chapter of the International Federation on Housing and Planning, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen University’s department of Media, Cognition, and Communication, and residential coalitions to assess the ramifications of the so-called sharing economy, identify ways in which a digital platform might transform domestic habits, and locate public spaces in the city to nominate for “sharing.” Students will help to test an alpha version of the application through workshops with these constituent groups and by using Cher themselves.

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