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ReFuturing Studies Seminar on Development – designing for Real Progress

The third theme questions 'Development as we know it' by asking how to design for 'real progress' and what that might entail and require for human and planetary well-being. With that we also ask how we can reclaim this goal by designing for essential needs of the many rather than enriching the affluent few.
  • 1400-1600 (15-20mins each presenter, followed by panel discussion and Q&A) 
Moderator: Josina Vink

1. Kris De Decker
Kris is creator and author of "Low-tech Magazine", a blog that is published in English, Dutch and Spanish since 2007. Low-tech Magazine refuses to assume that every problem has a high-tech solution. He is creator and author of "No Tech Magazine" since 2009 which publish short posts related to the same topics. Since 2016, He has been Writer for the DEMAND Centre at Lancaster University (UK), which researches energy demand as an outcome of social practices. In cooperation with Melle Smets, he has Co-created the Human Power Plant, an artistic project that investigates the possibilities of human energy production in a modern society. He is also co-creator of the Solar Powered Website, a project in cooperation with Marie Otsuka and Roel Roscam Abbing.

2. Nick Stevens
Nick is a PhD fellow at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo (UiO). His project suggests designers should push back against the current methods that produce our digital goods. All too often this is a highly homogenized, commodified, mass production system, which ignores or externalizes workers issues, emissions, resource scarcity and cultural diversity. His approach asks what happens to products, people, the environment, and the design process itself, when the manufacture of such products is regarded as a design material, open for exploration, investigation, collaboration, and celebration, rather than seen simply as a financial cost that must be minimized.

3. Håkan Edeholt
Håkan holds a tenure position as Professor in design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway. Since 2013, he has focussed on a new area within design based on a combination of Industrial Design, Development, Radical Change and Foresight, that’s primarily targeted towards ‘glocal’ measures to address urgent issues concerning global sustainability and climate change. The work is today manifested by the research group ReFuturing Studio at the Institute of Design and through a lean global network coined designBRICS, where especially contacts with institutions in the, so called, Global South are prioritized.

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ReFuturing Studies - Abstract

Dato: 1 desember, 2021
Tid: 14:00

Sted: Zoom