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Video Lecture – Design Research Methods Festival Bern

Das Video meines Vortrags „Transformation, Transdisciplinarity, Transition. About the new Responsibility of Design“ im Rahmen des Design Research Methods Festivals 2017 an der HKB ist nun online verfügbar. Viel Spaß beim Ansehen!

Skizzieren, Zeichnen, Skripten, Modellieren

Skizzieren, Zeichnen, Skripten, Modellieren

Bis Samstag widmet sich das 4. Forum Architekturwissenschaft an der TU Berlin Artefakten in Entwurfsprozessen der Architektur, des Designs und des Ingenieurwesens. Im Zentrum stehen dabei Skizzen, Zeichnungen, Blaupausen oder Collagen, Skripte, Renderings, Modelle und Simulationen. Besonders interessiert mich im Zusammenhang mit meiner eigenen Arbeit, wie diese Entwurfsartefakte als Praktiken der individuellen und kollaborativen Wissenserzeugung diskutiert werden.

Design Research Methods Festival in Bern

Design Research Methods Festival in Bern

Schon lange steht dieser Termin in Bern in meinem Kalender: das Design Research Methods Festival an der HKB im Master Design. Ich darf vor vollem Haus heute Nachmittag eine Vortrag/Workshop-Kombination zu „Transformation, Transdisciplinarity, Transition – About the new responsibility of Design“ geben. Ich bin sehr gespannt!

Artistic and design research as transformative practices

Diesen Artikel habe ich als Reflektion zur Transformations Konferenz für den Leverage Points Blog geschrieben. Im Original findet er sich hier.

„I have never been to a conference in the field of sustainability science until I attended the Transformations 2017 conference in Dundee, Scotland last month. This is not surprising as I graduated in design and only started my PhD in sustainability science two years ago. Now I step constantly between these two worlds of design and sustainability science. And to get to know the one I was not socialized in, I find it essential to attend these kind of events to understand how this specific community thinks, works, and is connected. Attending this one with it´s topic on “Transformations in practice” made a pretty good start. Right from the first day, a lot of my Leuphana and Leverage Points colleagues (who formed a fairly large group at that conference), kept coming to me saying: “This is all about the stuff you are doing too!”

The conference organizers made a huge effort to include a big variety of creative expressions in the event: music, performing arts, design, graphic recording or visual arts to name just a few. And these creative interventions achieved their aim: opening up new perspectives and creating experiences, that may even have made some scientists uncomfortable, like when a willow plaited egg was burnt or a Transformations hymn was sung in the plenary. But creative approaches were not only part of the “side program”, but also discussed in the sessions as forms of transformative practices and new ways of knowledge production. This is also where my interest as a design researcher is situated.

Artistic performance: Burning our fears that keep us from changing our habits. (Credit: Kenneth Malcolm Photography)

Mel Woods, co-organizer of the conference, referred to an extended understanding of design in her keynote speech which I also share: “Design no longer only shapes form or graphics, but processes and new approaches of understanding.” A key point is that design can be understood as a transformative practice, a practice that “is changing existing situations into preferred ones” as Herbert Simon stated in 1969.

Ioan Fazey, co-organizer and also part of the first Transformations conference, likewise dealt with the aspect of practice in his keynote speech. He took up a threefold distinction by Sophie Hope on the relationship of research and practice:

  • Research on practice – which is about the observation of practice,
  • Research for/as practice – which means practices are the intended outcome, and
  • Research through practice – which means practice itself becomes the research.

Not only do I like the idea of research through practice as a scientific approach that holds a key principle of both action research and transdisciplinary research for me, but I am also pleased that Hope´s distinction is based on the concept of research through design by Christopher Frayling from 1993. Frayling originally differentiated:

  • Research into Arts and Design – a mode of looking from the outside,
  • Research for Arts and Design – research that serves the art or design process, and
  • Research through Arts and Design – a research approach done through practice and/or use of design methods.

The concept of research through design as a transformative research practice coupled with an extended understanding of design (as mentioned by Mel Woods), is a promising idea for science in general. Using creative approaches like art and design to rethink the way we produce knowledge for sustainability transformations is just beginning to evolve, and I´m very happy to be part of this endeavor as a member of the Leverage Points project.“

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Doppelschlag in Brighton

Doppelschlag in Brighton

Ende Juni werden mehr als 600 Designforscher in Brighton zusammen kommen um den 50. Geburtstag der Design Research Society (DRS) mit einer Konferenz zu feiern – darunter auch meine lieben Kolleginnen Andrea Augsten, Jane Thierfelder, Vera-Karina Gebhardt und ich! Das Programm ist sehr vielversprechend – Paper Präsentationen, Conversation Talks und Workshops rund um das Thema Designforschung. Unser Workshop verfolgt die Frage: «How might we strengthen the connecting and synthesizing role of design researchers within transdisciplinary teams

Unsere Workshop-Beschreibung: „The workshop will be based on an initial study kicked off by design:transfer, an initiative which focuses on issues of design research in transformational processes in science, business, politics and society investigating the different roles and competences of design researchers, while focussing on the personal role the participants currently fulfil. The interim report provided insights into the implicit links between competences, methods and team formation. It resulted in ambitious, yet critical discussions – and showed , that there is an urgent need to keep this discussion running. The session will be both, an active reflection on competencies of design researchers, and an interactive production of new ideas and knowledge about their linking (personal) roles and tasks within teams. The workshop will focus on the present, and on how a design researcher is already embedded within a team and organisation. These insights will support the following discussion on possible new roles and skills a design researcher will need as a part of interdisciplinary teams.“

Registriert euch für unseren DRS Workshop bis zum 20.Juni!

Wenn ihr auch Teil der Phd by Design Community in Brighton seid, laden wir euch auch herzlich ein an unserem zweiten Workshop am Tag danach teilzunehmen – am 30.Juni.