Challenge: Vibrant city squares
VOUW is a design innovation studio based in Amsterdam. VOUW is developing physical installations to get people off their phone to increase connections.
Research shows that smartphones increase loneliness, as meeting with friends physically is less and less necessary. This is true especially for teens, but the trend is seen within every age group.
To get people to interact more, VOUW is developing Chairwave. This is a row of chairs in the public space that ‘forces’ people to sit next to each other. People can only sit on the chairs next to where someone else is sitting. Combining data and design, Chairwave is a social experiment aiming to create more conversations amongst different people.