Creatives wanted for Smart Homes project

Written by Agustin Otegui on 08 May, 18
Focus on city challenges

Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is seeking to commission an artist, maker or designer to create a prototype of Future Home, a mobile engagement tool for the REPLICATE project led by Bristol City Council. The structure will be used at community events to engage citizens in imagining future smart homes and raise awareness of how they can help us save energy. It will need to do the following:

  • navigate the streets of Bristol, popping up at community events and festivals;
  • pique people’s curiosity and delight the senses in creative and interactive ways;
  • inform and inspire people about emerging Smart Homes related tech and eco, from solar panels to smart appliances;
  • will need to be powered by renewable energy;

Smart Homes within the REPLICATE project

The REPLICATE project is a European funded smart city project that explores different technological solutions that will improve people’s homes and lives. An important part of the project is saving energy and money as well as reducing carbon emissions, which needs to be reflected in the engagement tool. To help residents learn more about the eco-friendly options available to them, different smart goods – such as washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers – will be installed in some Bristol households. These energy efficient smart appliances will reduce consumption as well as enable residents to remotely control them, making it possible to test an on-demand energy system. Furthermore, these energy saving methods could, in the future, be supported by different measures such as solar PV panels or better insulation systems.

Information for interested applicants

The commission is £10,000 – this includes artist fees, materials (vehicle to power the mobile structure) and all expenses. The deadline for submitting a Future Home submission is Thursday 17th of May and it will need to be ready for use at the end of June 2018.

The full brief is available on Knowle West Media Centre’s website.

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