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Do you have a bold, visionary idea? Would you like to transform it into an engaging concept that can travel the world? If that sounds like you, then apply for the SPACE10 Residency program.

The SPACE10 Residency program is a platform for promising and seasoned talent from diverse disciplines to explore their practice through creative collaboration and loose briefs. As a resident, you’ll join us for a fixed period of time to work on the global challenges we’ve identified while providing our team with new perspectives.

About SPACE10

SPACE10 is a research and design lab on a mission to enable a better everyday life for people and planet. We research and design innovative solutions to some of the major societal changes expected to affect people and our planet in the years to come.

At our core, we prioritise a collaborative approach and strive to surround ourselves with people who are smarter than us. We work with an ever-growing network of forward-thinking specialists and creatives from around the world and share all our research and ideas publicly. Alongside that, we regularly host exhibitions, talks, dinners and screenings to engage with people, provoke imagination, diversify our perspective and advance our mission. SPACE10 is proudly supported and entirely dedicated to IKEA — working as an independent research and design lab.

The Global Challenges

At SPACE10, we root all of our explorations in five global challenges we call ‘macro trends’. These macro trends have been identified as most likely to to significantly influence how we’ll live in the future.

  • Accelerating Urbanisation
  • Political and Economic Shifts
  • Technological Breakthroughs
  • Climate and Resources
  • Demographic Shifts

Identified Opportunities — For You and SPACE10

Based on the above macro trends and our explorations into each one of them, we’ve identified cases to work on. In other words, these are the specific areas in which we focus our explorations: Solar Energy, Shared Living, Open Fabrication, and Natural Interfaces & AI. In the residency, you’ll be working on either Natural Interfaces & AI or Open Fabrication. Find descriptions of both below:

Natural Interfaces & AI

What will happen when almost everyone and everything on the planet is digitally connected? What will it mean when artificial intelligence can sense and learn from the world around us? And how can we use design to create a better experience around data to improve our everyday life?

In Natural Interfaces & AI, SPACE10 works with the most promising avenues of emerging technology, from artificial intelligence to augmented reality. It researches and tests new potential ways for IKEA to meet the many people on their own terms — at home or on the move, creating hyper personal and truly accessible tools and services that both empower and facilitate a better everyday life.

Open Fabrication

What if we could design a system for open source architecture and design that’s highly adaptive to local needs, environments and the local availability of materials? What if we could empower people to drive social change and build self-sufficient communities? And what if we could provide the necessary tools and spaces to enable upcoming local economies to flourish?

The Open Fabrication case explores the possibilities inherent in one simple idea: that you can design something on a computer before using a digital fabrication tool to physically make or reproduce it. Digital fabrication used to be confined to factory floors, but today these machines have become much smaller, a lot cheaper and more user-friendly — meaning that millions of people are now able to access and use them in open workshops and fabrication labs.

How to Apply

You will have to answer a brief; we’ve included two options for you to choose from. Click on ‘Apply now’ below to access the briefs and application form.

What do Residents Get Access to at SPACE10?

As a resident you will get full access to SPACE10, our in-house facilities, fabrication and digital tools, technology, Program and Journal channels, and physical and digital interface with our community.

Technologies available

Mixed Reality:

Magic Leap
HTC Vive
Oculus Quests
Oculus Rift
HoloLens
Looking Glass (Medium)
Google Daydream
Google Cardboard
Daqri
Mira
Leap Motion
Ultrahaptics
Thync
Muse

Audio and video:

Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Cameras
Lenses
GoPros

Fabrication tools available 

Wood:

Table saw
Band saw
Table router
Belt sander
Planar
Chop saw
Drill press
Wood Lathe
Hand tools

Metal:

Mig Welder
Lathe
Band saw

Casting:

Vacuum former
Vacuum chamber
Casting and mold making station
Oven

Digital Fabrication:

Full sheet CNC milling

3D printer:

FDM and SLA
Laser cutter

Electronics:

Soldering station
Multimeter
Dremel
Electronic components

SPACE10 – Basement – Makery – Wood Workshop – Web – Photo by Hampus Berndtson – 16_low

Brief & Deliverables

We are looking for people with a hands-on approach to answering the following briefs. You can submit everything from a sketch, painting or video to a microsite, design or algorithm, etc. We encourage you to use your creative practice to show us how you would work with the given subject.

Final deliverable:

1. The proposal must be explained and exemplified in a maximum 10-slide PDF presentation, including a project timeline. The total maximum word count is 1500.

2. A maximum 200 word description in which you introduce yourself, your values and your motivation for the residency.

The answer to the brief will serve as the foundation for your residency. The concrete objective and deliverables of your residency will be defined in collaboration with SPACE10 and you prior to your arrival.

Brief 1: Augmented Intelligence

Augmented Intelligence explores how we can interact with technology in more natural and intuitive ways, resulting in applications that complement everyday human behaviour. What will happen when almost everyone and everything on the planet is digitally connected? What will it mean when artificial intelligence can sense and learn from the world around us? And how can we use design to create a better experience around data to improve our everyday lives?

Context:

In time, we could be switching our phones for a pair of AR glasses. That means we’re once more heading for a change in the way we interact with and understand computers. AR, voice, gestures, haptics, AI, etc are all likely to be components of an extended reality (XR) interaction paradigm to accompany such a movement.

Brief:

How would you experiment with today’s available technologies to envision the next computer interaction paradigm? And how do you ensure the interaction becomes more human and compassionate?

Brief 2: Open Fabrication

Open Fabrication explores distributed manufacturing and alternative methods for designing and building spaces in a digital age. What if we could design a system for open-source architecture — one that’s highly adaptive to local needs, environments and availability of materials? What if we could empower people to drive social change and build self-sufficient communities? What if we could provide the necessary tools and spaces to enable upcoming local economies to flourish?

Context:

In the infinite space of possibility that new fabrication methods or generative/parametric design offer, what constitutes great design? How can we build iconic design yet enable people to make it their own?

Brief:

How would you envision the next design icon defined not by lines and curves but by parameters and algorithms?

SPACE10 – Facade – Web – Photo by Hampus Berndtson – 1_low

What will SPACE10 cover?

  • A monthly stipend (20.000 DKK before tax)
  • Transport (5000 DKK)
  • Budget to cover accommodation (5000 DKK per month)
  • Daily lunch
  • Materials

Timeline

  • Application deadline: November 24
  • 
Interviews: December 2 – 6
  • 
Final decision
: December 11
  • Finalise objective and deliverables for residency: December/January
  • Residency starts: February
  • Residency ends: April

Questions? Reach out to [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to answer all the briefs?

No. Choose one brief for your PDF presentation.

How long is the residency?

The residency can last between one and four months; this will be determined by you and SPACE10. The earliest start date is in January 2020 and the residency has to end on April 30th, 2020 at the latest.

Can I apply as a team?

Yes. Just make it clear in the deliverables that you are applying as a team, and submit one person’s contact information on the application platform. The stipend will be split between the team.

Is an educational background required to apply?

No, you don’t need an educational background to apply. However, students are welcome to apply; both graduate and undergraduate level students are eligible.

Can I apply as a student?

Yes.

Who will work with me during my stay?

During your stay, you will have access to the whole SPACE10 team. You will have a mentor attached to your project, as well as the possibility to be mentored in different skills relevant to you and your project. Your interaction with the team will therefore differ depending on who you are and what your project will be about.

Can I apply from abroad?

Yes. Interviews can be conducted remotely.

Can I work from abroad?

No, you will need to work in the SPACE10 office in Copenhagen during your residency.

Is the residency an internship?

The residency is not an internship. SPACE10 does not offer internships because as a principle, we pay all of our collaborators and see residents as a key arm of our network.

Who is responsible for getting work permits and visas?

You will be expected to apply and pay for your visa. SPACE10 will support you and fill out all the information needed from our side. 
You need to apply for an internship visa, allowing you to legally work and stay in Denmark.

When is the deadline?

We close the application forum on November 24th 2019, 23:59 PM local time in Copenhagen. We don’t accept late applications.

What do I need to submit?

Final deliverables include:

• The answer to the brief. Your answer, or proposal, must be explained and exemplified in a maximum 10-slide PDF presentation, incl. a project timeline. The total maximum word count is 1500.

• A maximum 200 word description where you introduce yourself, your values and your motivation for the residency.

You have to submit both deliverables. Applications that do not meet the final deliverables will not be considered.

Your question wasn’t answered by the FAQ? Reach out to us! [email protected].

At SPACE10, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our creativity and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact [email protected]