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Artefacts from Pluriverse: Design for long term sustainable futures

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Joseph, Jomy


Jomy Joseph is a PhD fellow at AHO. His PhD at the Institute of Design at AHO explores the intersections of designing for long-term sustainability and futures within the context of climate breakdown and the responses that Industrial Design as a discipline needs to articulate urgently.

Before starting his PhD research, Jomy gained a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Calicut University and a M.Des in Industrial Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. After having worked professionally in India across multiple disciplines as an industrial designer, communication designer and UX designer, he received his MA in Industrial Design at AHO.

Situated within the designBRICS project at AHO, his PhD research explores alternative futures for long term sustainability in the context of climate breakdown. His research applies a Research by/through Design framework that works with Speculative Design and Future Studies by articulating industrial design propositions through artefacts, design workshops, exhibitions and research publications. Within the project he is developing the notion of “ReFuturing” that enable long term sustainable futures by means of rethinking and reimagining futures as the material and ecological consequences of climate breakdown that our designed culture in the coming century.

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Edeholt, Håkan


Håkan Edeholt holds since 2008 a tenure position as Professor (PhD) in design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (www.aho.no), in Norway.

Håkan’s professional experience includes: industrial-design consultancy at commercial research labs. Most notably are Ericson’s User Application Lab, Sweden and Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Lab, Silicon Valley, USA. He has six years of overseas professional experience (Germany, Kenya, South Africa and USA), with app. four of these years at the African continent. Before the current position, he held an associate professorship at Malmö University in Sweden where he among other things established a new kind of design education built on the idea to bridge the physical and virtual divide manifested by industrial- and interaction design. His PhD – “Design, Innovation and other Paradoxes” – was completed 2004.

Since 2013 the work primarily focusses on a new area within design, based on a combination of Design, Development, Radical Change and Foresight, that’s primarily targeted towards ‘glocal’ measures to address urgent issues concerning long term global sustainability and climate change. The work is today expressed through a lean global network coined designBRICS+, where especially contacts in fast growing ‘developing countries’ (or ‘majority world countries’) like e.g. Brazil, India and South Africa are prioritised.

However, from wherever, any relevant ideas and contacts can be communicated to hakan.edeholt@aho.no.

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