Internat 33, Malmö

Making Futures



Malmö University, K3, Medea studio, Östra Varvsgatan 11, Malmö (map)

Open to all D! PhD candidates, current and alumni!

RSVP by 31 October to susanne [dot] helgeson [at] konstfack [dot] se

We're staying at First Hotel Jörgen Kock, Jörgen Kocksgatan 3 in Malmö.



Monday 24 November

13 - 14 Introduction: The theme of this internat is "making futures". This refers to two distinct practices. The first one that is scrutinised is design as part of (democratic) future making practices. The second deals with the practice of becoming a design PhD and the future of design PhD education.

14 - 21 Workshop on ”exploring and designing an archipelago of futures" by traveling to the islands of "design and the social", "opening production", "creative class struggles" and "emerging publics", meeting inhabitants (authors, design researchers and other citizens) and mapping out controversies, proximities and distances (reading material and workshop instructions will be sent in advance, including the book ”Making Futures” (see below) (There will be pizzas!).


Tuesday 25 November

08.45 Breakfast is served

9 - 11 Making Futures - Marginal notes on innovation design and democracy 

Public event (book release and discussions based on the workshop)

"Innovation and design need not be about the search for a killer app. Innovation and design can start in people’s everyday activities. They can encompass local services, cultural production, arenas for public discourse, or technological platforms. The approach is participatory, collaborative, and engaging, with users and consumers acting as producers and creators. It is concerned less with making new things than with making a socially sustainable future. This book describes experiments in innovation, design, and democracy, undertaken largely by grassroots organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multi-ethnic working-class neighborhoods. These stories challenge the dominant perception of what constitutes successful innovations. They recount efforts at social innovation, opening the production process, challenging the creative class, and expanding the public sphere. The wide range of cases considered include a collective of immigrant women who perform collaborative services, the development of an open-hardware movement, grassroots journalism, and hip-hop performances on city buses. They point to the possibility of democratized innovation that goes beyond solo entrepreneurship and crowdsourcing in the service of corporations to include multiple futures imagined and made locally by often-marginalized publics." (

11 - 12 Debrief: A travel guide to the futures?

13 - 14 Reflecting ”The art of becoming a design PhD” (Introduction by Peter Ullmark & Pelle Ehn, D!)

14 - 16 ”The future of design PhD education” discussion based on talk by Cameron Tonkinwise, Director of Design Studies, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University:

The Design PhD as Social Affordance Securing: Design research is epistemologically problematic because it concerns change rather than ‘what is.’ If design generates knowledge, it is knowledge about what can be changed, how and perhaps why. To this extent, Design PhDs research affordances. A Design PhD concludes with knowledge about the conditions that afford change in a community’s practices. Because research aims as generating reliable knowledge Design PhDs must not merely find affordances for change, but identify the repeatable conditions for those newly created affordances. Design research concerns (re)designing socio-materialities that ‘hold open’ for others promises of change. This presentation will explain how design research secures social affordances with reference to a blend of Social Practice Theory and Sociotechnical Transition Theory.

16 - 17 D&R annual meeting 

17 - 18 D! Board meeting

19 - 23 D! Reunion Party (celebration of seven good years)


Wednesday 26 November

10 - 11 “Materializing infra-structures: exploring postindustrial futures and practices” PhD presentation by Lorenzo Davoli, Umeå Institute of Design


11 - 12 Summing up

13 - 15 Designing Transitions: Socio-Material Move-Making / Medea Talk (public) by Cameron Tonkinwise, Director of Design Studies, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

“Designers have tended to respond to situations with new things. Whilst there is a recognition that these designs are not the perfect solution, there must be a sense of them being completed, at least for now. The situations our societies are increasingly in demand that instead designers understand their role as enablers of systems-changes. This involves a different attitude toward designs and so a different process of designing, one that is, as Allan Chochinov describes it, 'in the consequences business.' Transition Designs are evaluated on their capacity to shift the conditions of a system so that they can afford new possibilities. These more strategic forms of designing however are no less material. They trade on the fact that what has been missing from social change and systems thinking to date is a practical understanding of the agency of materials things."



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