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Exhibiting digital fabrication at Teknisk Museum and AHO

As a part of the elective course ”Digital fabrication methods and processes’, design students at AHO have exhibited a wide range of experimental design projects and material processes for digital fabrication. Initially held at Galleriet at AHO, the exhibit has since moved to Teknisk Museum (the Norwegian Science Museum), where a chocolate-making workshop was also held.

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RSD6 Conference – Relating Systems Thinking and Design 6

AHO, Centre for Design Research and Systems Oriented Design present the new RSD6 Conference: Environment, Economy, Democracy: Flourishing Together Our theme this year encompasses the contexts for flourishing in democratic societies, and exploring the opportunities for systemic design in: Democratic participation and policy innovation Strongly sustainable business innovation Flourishing communities Design of architectures, settlements and built environments RSD6 is engaging many complementary themes and speakers on critical human system issues connecting to flourishing and democracy, including Social impact in flourishing and change programs Health and population wellness Ecological design and bioregion development Human-scaled and regional economies Sociotechnical and technological systems Other themes relating systems thinking and design                

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Innovating for Trust - Book Launch

This book adopts a multidisciplinary approach to innovation, and argues that because innovation is always risky business, trust is an essential premise and outcome of successfully designing, developing and finally launching innovations. Each part of the book encompasses a different aspect of innovating for trust. It begins with the notion of trust, before covering the importance of trust in future thinking, business model innovation, service design, co-creation, the innovative organization and self-service technologies. It concludes with the importance of trust in commercializing innovations.

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Practice Based Design Research book is out

Practice-Based Design Research provides a companion to masters and PhD programs in design research through practice. The contributors address a range of models and approaches to practice-based research, consider relationships between industry and academia, researchers and designers, discuss initiatives to support students and faculty during the research process, and explore how students’ experiences of undertaking practice-based research has impacted their future design and research practice. The text is illustrated throughout with case study examples by authors who have set up, taught or undertaken practice-based design research, in a range of national and institutional contexts.” Vaughan, L. (2017). (Ed.) Practice Based Design Research. London: Bloomsbury.

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Design + Power. Nordes 2017 Conference at AHO, 15-17 June

This 7th Nordic Design Research Conference comes at a time when earlier social, political and economic conditions, expectations and frameworks are under pressure, and indeed change, globally. Relations between design and power are today perhaps more present that before and them are seemingly strongly polarised. What then are design practitioners, educators, researchers, policy makers and activists, among others, to make of these changes and how are they to engage in effecting informed, ethical, participative and meaningful change?

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About dR

The Centre for Design Research at AHO encompasses practice based and inquiry centred research that draws on design processes and products and supports and crosses demarcations between products and services, industrial and interaction design. We also now support and publish research in a range of other areas of design inquiry and practice.

The centre includes the experimental, procedural and also speculative nature of researching what does not yet exist. As part of the Institute of Design at AHO, DR has the goal of making a consistent and quality-led contribution to international research in diverse fields of design, and through practice based inquiry and critical, informed reflection.