In 2009 I had the chance to collaborate with the MIT Senseable City Lab and the Trash Track project. This experiment triggered my interest in further exploring the potential of 'augmentation' and participatory sensing techniques as tools to allow non-experts to relate to large scale systems and explore opportunities for their transformation from the bottom up. What does it mean to render an infrastructure visible, present and available for design? to who and for what purpose?
It is in fact interesting to notice how most of the infrastructural augmentation and participatory sensing projects examples avialable are still largely aimed at revealing and render accountable something at the front-end of existing infrastructures. Protocols, materials, logics and back-end operations of established industrial systems and infrastructures that frame a design space often remain concealed and unquestioned, making it difficult to understand how to transform them and properly address their challenges.