Design History and Theory is offered at introductory and advanced levels to students across design disciplines. The courses are designed to engage with and reflect upon emergent practices and discourses in contemporary design.
Introduction to Theory and History of Design I and II
These courses provide an introduction to design in cultural and academic context, providing a comprehensive conceptual foundation through which to analyse and critically evaluate the designed environment.
I: Prospects of a Material Philosophy
Design is mainly understood as an activity of producing useful artefacts—whether mass produced, prototypical or conceptual—rather than as an activity of inquiry. This lecture series investigates design objects as objects for refection and contemplation rather than practical use, and thus as media for inquiry that provide new perspectives on the world.
Theory and History of Design I and II
Drawing on literature and critical discussion, these courses enable students to explore new methods and approaches to scientific research in design.
I: Do the Right Thing
Ethics is the philosophical foundation for a good life. One of the main aspect of a good life is to make good decisions in the right moments. This course investigates the visual and material aspects of moments of decision both in personal as well as social context.
Design and Diversity
Can You Design Your Emigration? On Design and Emigration
What knowledge and skills do you need in order to successfully design your emigration? What role does design play in the process of integration into a new society? Can design help you to obtain a “new language” to bridge different cultural behaviours? The aim of this proseminar is to examine the role of design in relation to strategies of handling experience of emigration and exile as well as the relevance of the contributions of émigré architects and designers to political awareness in design, humanist design, and to public culture of debate on a global terrain.
Material Culture II
Black as hell, strong as death, sweet as love: coffeehouse debates on decolonising design
In this workshop, students will set up a coffeehouse — in its original form as a place for political gathering and discussion — to discuss the debates of the day. Exploring design as a phenomenon and practice historically and culturally tied to implicit and explicit modes of exclusion and domination, it will question what it might mean for design to be thought in relation to decoloniality? Participants begin to craft debates around what decolonising design means with the lecture and assigned text serving as the starting point for the coffeehouse debates.
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