Designfakulteten är ett nationellt centrum för designforskning förlagt till KTH. Strävan är att utveckla design som kunskapsfält för att kunna möta sociala, ekonomiska och tekniska utmaningar i samhället på ett hållbart, innovativt och estetiskt medvetet sätt. I vår forskarskola deltar idag ett 50-tal doktorander från 12 av våra totalt 22 medlems-institutioner runt om i landet.
Design angår oss alla, dagligen och överallt, privat och i det offentliga rummet. Design är i denna mening samhällets största kultursektor. Design är genom sin förnyelsekraft även avgörande för konkurrensförmågan i många branscher. Designforskning behövs för att design ska kunna utveckla sin kulturella och innovativa roll för framtidens komplexa och snabbt föränderliga omvärld med ökade krav på hållbar utveckling.
Don’t miss Utopian talk-show line-up,
taking place at Moderna Museet in Malmö, 7 March, 17–20. It’s a participatory, discursive and performative work, entailing an international series of events in many different European cities. The hybrid talk-/game-show is exploring the notion of Utopia and is created by Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley. The event is co-curated by Nils Svensk of Moderna Museet, Maria Hellstrom Reimer of the Swedish Design Faculty for Design Research and Research Education, Gunnar Sandin and Fredrik Torisson of ResArc: Swedish Research School in Architecture. Read more and enjoy!
Social innovations attract!
D! was one of the hosts when Designing Publics, Publics Designing: Design roles in social innovation, was discussed at Konstfack, 28 January. Judging from the size of the audience the interest for the topic is huge. The effects of new practices such as service, transformation and social design roles expanding in society and the public sphere were highlighted as well as questions like: What roles may designers and the public have in social innovation? How to consider and collaborate with others in urban social innovation? How are problems framed and by whom, which publics and interests are considered? And what are the risks? See and read all about it here.
Congratulations to our two new Doctors in Design,
Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl. Their dissertation Patchworking Publics-in-the-Making: Design, Media and Public Engagement, was successfully defended with Nina Wakeford, Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, as examiner. This collaborative practice-based thesis is written across two disciplines: interaction design, and media and communication studies. Based on Threads – a Mobile Sewing Circle, a travelling exhibition in which participants are invited to embroider an SMS by hand and with an embroidery machine connected to a mobile phone, this thesis puts forward the concept of publics-in-the-making. The potentialities of publics-in-the-making is explored through the figuration of patchworking. Read the abstract here.
Architects and users in collaborative design,
is the name of Johanna Eriksson’s licentiate thesis, that she will present on January 21 at the Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. The thesis explores user participatory design and more specifically the co-design process from the architect’s point of view. How can architects support clients and users in identifying, expressing and developing their requirements for their future environment, and preparing them and their new facilities for the challenges of tomorrow? Read the abstract here.
Focusing social innovations,
is what we’ll do during our 30th internat that takes place in Stockholm, 27–29 January. Christina Zetterlund and Otto von Busch start out by guiding us through their workshop The Purgatory of Social Design – perhaps we’ll get a glimpse through at least one of the seven gates of hell. Tuesday 28 we’ll join the open seminar Designing Publics, Publics Designing: Design roles in social innovation with many fantastic lecturers. And finally, the third day, we’ll learn more about Design experiments & Pragmatism thanks to Anna Rylander. See the full programme here.