Design Futures Literacies in 2 volumes We are pleased to announce the publication of two new e-books on DESIGN FUTURES LITERACIES as final outcomes from the FUEL4DESIGN project. The publications draw on a diversity of views, experience, practices and commitments that have led to the development of resources, experiences and reflections on placing futures perspectives and anticipatory designing and pedagogies within design education.
As a part of the elective course ‘digital fabrication technologies and processes’, 13 masters’ design and architecture students have made an exhibition titled Composites. The project, which is hosted by the institute of design and the workshops at AHO, centres on a series of activities, processes and phenomenons which have been investigated with digital fabrication tools and through a designerly framing. Projects include a chair, the concept of time, the fluidity of water, the activities of the playground, paintings, speakers, joinery, post-modernistic reconstruction, the aesthetics of disposable cutlery, and new ways of representing landscape.
Digital technology is a central part of the societal development and everyday life and is becoming increasingly important in urban development. Today’s digital city is found in the ongoing digitalisation of services, institutions and infrastructures, and through the hundreds of digital and urban services and applications that characterise urban life. Digital urban services are increasingly influencing urban living, urban development and management. Today, digital systems, tools and services not only affect how cities are planned and controlled but also many aspects of everyday life. There is a wide range of strategies for how governments, businesses and individuals relate to this development. In spite of this, digital urban services are only to a very limited extent subject to overall urban policy or government regulation.
Urban environments, digital data and media are increasingly interconnected. Digital technologies are becoming integral to urban and civic life in terms of public services, commerce, media, culture and education. The digitalisation of urban cultures, businesses and public sectors presents new problems but also possibilities for design, architecture and planning. Addressing this development requires interdisciplinary collaboration. Currently, the digital design sector is increasingly working on projects that involve ‘smart city’ planning and governance as well as digitalisation of urban services. At the same time, architects and urban planners proactively seek to engage with the new possibilities and expectations that the digitalisation of cities and urban living creates.
Rachel Troye as executive board member of the Cumulus organisation took part in the Cumulus 2017 – Letters to the Future conference. Cumulus is the only global association representing art, design and media education in the world. It was founded in 1990 and has today 260 prominent university members from 56 countries. Cumulus shares knowledge with excellent partners and is endorsed by UNESCO.