2nd Multidisciplinary Summer School on Design as Inquiry

Deadline for Registration: 19 May 2013

Designing Spaces That Encourage Active Engagement

This year’s Summer School is devoted to the design challenge of “How to design spaces that encourage active engagement?” Whether we want to learn, discuss, care for each other & our surroundings, or simply have fun, the respective social encounters are enabled but also shaped by the spaces available to us. Space is not limited to physical space, but includes mental, social, cultural... as well as virtual space. We see ourselves as creators of space as well as influenced by the culturally evolved space and its underlying practices.

In the Summer School we would like to approach the design challenge from different perspectives, bringing together ideas from practitioners, teachers, students and researchers. This allows us to collaboratively work through all phases of Design as Inquiry in order to experience and reflect the approach. If one of the following or a similar question matters to you and your work, you might consider the Summer School as a valuable place for learning and sharing ideas and practices:

  • How to create an (organisational) climate (space) for knowledge sharing and (organisational) learning?
  • How to engage students in collective learning in higher education?
  • How to stimulate/provoke/trigger the appropriation/reclaimation of (semi)-public spaces for novel forms of social engagement and citizenship?
  • How to create creative co-design environments?
  • How to use spaces for inquiry in research?

While we do not claim to have an answer to all these questions, we believe that approaches such as design-based inquiry, design thinking and knowledge creation open up productive perspectives both for research as well as education. By design we do not refer to a particular profession or discipline, but to a general mode of inquiry that aims to gain insight by means of reflective intervention. This perspective is used as an underlying foundation for the exploration of spaces that encourage active engagement.

We invite practitioners, teachers, researchers and students from all disciplines who are interested in and aim to contribute to approaches in research and education, which face the aforementioned issues and to contribute methods for exploration, synthesis and evaluation.


Flyer for the 2nd Summer School

Poster for the 2nd Summer School

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