POST FORD / PROBES
Contextual Experimental Services
With the support of Stad Genk, exhibited at the 7th Design Triennial of Flanders, C-Mine, 2014
How can we imagine and develop new workscapes for the employees of Ford Genk? How can we make new, meaningful economic connections between different resources, services and infrastructures? How can designers work with local ‘experts’ in the development of a new economic reality and a new community based ecology?
In Genk we see the results of a monoculture industry, which has failed. The failure demands new and different perspectives from the inhabitants and designers to turn this heritage into new prototypes of living and working.
Working, distributing, producing functions could generate new connections and unexpected possibilities. How can we mix these fields to add a second, multifunctional layer to the current urban fabric? The workshop ‘Post Ford’ in march 2013 investigated on the changes and social impact of the closure of Ford Genk, exploring the needs of people in “De Post Ford” time, making them public and sharing them so
that they can be realized. The result are ‘Post Ford Probes’, new concepts for services and models which connect local agencies, business strategies with the skills of Ford Genk employees.
“Post Ford Probes” are a new constellation of small, open and connected working realities which create a new community based ecology and new opportunities among key fields of production such as agriculture, economics, mobility, craft and culture.