How much privacy wants or has a human being to bear into public space?
Is the sense of lack of time the reason, or the technical achievements, that make many things possible at all? Is this development positive or not?
The dynamic change of society and a steadily increasing requirement of the availability of the individual allows people to exercise more and more private activities in public space. This results in a shifting of boundaries between privacy and public.
Young designers of the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Design are aware of such issues and create with the product “ownzown” a stealth for public space. So they give the user a special type of retreat, where he or she can operate undisturbed in an urban environment.
The „ownzown“ is available in different versions – mobile or installed at objects in the urban space.
ownzown is a design performance in urban space and a research project: With newly developed stealth space, public, privacy and our position get changed in there.
But can there truly exist a private place in public? Or is this a paradox? Can this posing of question be solved with the use of physical elements or must the individual work on itself?
A review of the days in Milan with “Ownzown”, a stealth cap for public space:
the response of our studies in urban space in Detmold, Bielefeld and especially in Ventura Lambrate during Milan design week was overwhelming. Hardly anybody took not note of the supposedly erring crystal, which intention was not directly accessible to the majority, but was for many – particularly for our target group design and architecture enthusiasts – understandable. “Ownzown” was rarely viewed as a serious product proposal and accordingly questioned. We were rather surprised how many people divined and understood our message, that it was primarily a statement, to start a “staged” contribution to the discussion about our relation with things and to space, especially public space.
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