[spectre] New Networked Book Chapter: "Re-Locating" by Yasmine Abbas

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Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) presents:

"Re-Locating: Situational, Experienceable and Relational Design to  
Soothe the Stress of Travel"

by Yasmine Abbas


ABSTRACT: Stress is an undesirable offshoot of any kind of travel,  
forced or voluntary. To soothe the stress of travel, today’s mobile  
individuals -- neo-nomads -- engage in tactics of re:location, the  
practice of re-assembling a familiar and cushioned personal space, an  
image of home. The spaces and objects we design with mobility in mind  
should focus on bringing comfort to these mobile individuals. We  
learn however that in today’s consumerist, “liquid” and hypermobile  
world, linkages between PIGS -- People, Information, Goods and Spaces  
-- matter more than PIGS themselves. The territories of neo-nomads  
relate to linkages and are dynamic as a result.

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BIOGRAPHY: Yasmine Abbas is a French DPLG architect (Paris Val-de- 
Marne / now Paris Val-de-Seine 1997) who graduated with a Master of  
Science in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of  
Technology with an Aga Khan scholarship (SMArchS 2001) and a Doctor  
of Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (DDes  
2006). At MIT and Harvard, Abbas researched how mobile individuals --  
neo-nomads -- Re:locate, i.e. construct and reclaim a sense of  
belonging to places through physical, mental and digital means.

Abbas has traveled extensively and worked internationally in the  
fields of art and architecture, consumer research and social  
sustainability. This led her to develop a strong understanding of  
applied research and design innovation. She is the founding director  
of "neo-nomad" a research blog/consultancy which deliver urban  
intelligence, people-informed research and design strategy for the  
built environment. Her latest publications include "Digital  
Technologies of the Self," a book co-edited with Fred Dervin  
(Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009) and the chapter  
"Neo-nomads and the Practice of Re:location -- Designing for  
Mobilities" in Tsigaridis, D. and Jungclaus J. (eds) "Tracing  
Mobilities -- Designing Ubiquities" (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate  
School of Design -- Design and Technology Report Series, forthcoming  
publication 2010).

Abbas joined Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE as a Professorial  
Research Fellow and the Program Director of RURL, the Responsible  
Urbanism Research Lab, Zayed University’s transdisciplinary research  
platform dedicated to advance knowledge in the field of sustainable  

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