FUEL4Design: Future Education and Literacy for Designers
Project duration: 1 September 2019 - 31 August 2022
Funded by: Erasmus+ Programme
Fuel4Design is a 3-year project jointly delivered by a consortium of leading design-educator-researchers from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Milano, University of the Arts London, and ELISAVA.
21st-century design pedagogy needs to be urgently reframed in an approach that we call ‘Design Futures Literacy’. This is a literacy that connects teaching and learning to provide an education for young designers for designing for complex tomorrows. This is a matter of Design taking on a far more proactive role in working to anticipate these tomorrows through acts of situated making that understands use and users and Design as working prospectively to look ahead of the immediate or short term (Celi & Morrison, 2018). FUEL4Design supports the discipline of Design and its MA/PhD students and teachers in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to productively anticipate critical futures learning needs and change processes through sustained future making.
- Project Coordinator: Institute of Design, School of Architecture and Design Oslo (Norway)
- Project Partners: UAL (UK) ELISAVA (Spain), Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
- UAL Principal Investigator: Dr Betti Marenko - Reader in Design and Techno-Digital Futures Contextual Studies Leader, BA (Hons) Product Design
- Key UAL staff: Dr. Silke Lange and Pras Gunasekera
- Project Manager: Jerneja Rebernak, firstname.lastname@example.org
The main objectives of the project are to develop, test and implement new approaches and resources to provide learners and educators with innovative and adaptable tools to imagine, perform and enact a plurality of futures by design. This is to equip design learners and educators to deal with real-world issues on techno- digital futures, climate crisis, and political instability. The project will connect experimentation and design theory via invention, imagination, speculation, and through design making activities such as via prototyping, scenario building, and foresight.
The project will develop the following Intellectual Outputs:
The project team will deliver 2 short term design teacher training events and two intensive study programmes with Master’s and PhD students to test and circulate the project inputs and their outputs, along with two transnational ‘multiplier event’s for futurists and design educators and professionals.
A key impact will be connecting Design Education, Futures Studies, professions, organisations and future-oriented HEIs. The project will link to Erasmus and Design Education networks to multiply impact, from local to top European levels and to professional bodies and public dissemination avenues to maximise reach and uptake. Finally, it aim position findings into key education policy and strategy actions and UN sustainability goals and related social innovation programmes.
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