Exploring Fieldwork

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Exploring fieldwork: A critical consideration of empirical methods and habits-of-mind in design research

ECTS 7,5

Tutors: Thomas Binder (course responsible), Joachim Halse,  Marias Hellström (Malmö University) & Andrea Kahn (Columbia University)

General description:  The course addresses the ‘field’ or site of ‘method’ in design-led research. Broadly, we are interested in exploring the back-and-forth interaction of research intentions and practices as these shape research outcomes (knowledge production).

Through close readings and tentative ‘in situ’ field observations the course will tackle the interplay between ontology and method, or ‘habits of mind’ and design research practice. In the course, we will critically explore and consider forms of observation, documentation and operationalization; principles such as deduction and induction; hypothesis and facts; causality and emergence etc. Specific emphasis will be placed on empiricisms or forms of empirical research as compared to research including different forms of interference or experimentation in field situations.

The course is organized as a collaboration between the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation,  The Swedish Design Faculty for design Research and Research Education,  and ResArc – The Swedish Research School in Architecture. The course welcomes doctoral students from different fields of design and architectural research, including research in the arts, currently engaged in research activities that involve field work or site explorations.

ECTS: 7,5 (3-3+1,5)

Important dates:

Workshop 1: April  7-10, 2015 in Malmö

Workshop 2: August 18-21, 2015 in Copenhagen

Closing seminar: Ultimo October, 2015

Registration date:  January 31, 2015

Contact person: Thomas Binder, tbi [at] kadk [dot] dk; Maria Hellström Reimer,maria [dot] hellstrom [dot] reimer [at] mah [dot] se  




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