Participation in reframing residual materials in Design theory, design practice and design education.

This two years research brings together two of the most pressing issues our society is currently facing: social participation and a circular economy. It aims to develop and test approaches to a number of key aspects of these combined issues. The research revolves around the question how we can rethink our urban environment in terms of metabolic flows and adapt these flows to deal with issues such as resource scarcity while simultaneously involving design professionals and students as participants in such processes of (radical) change. To address these issues of metabolics and participation in conjunction, this research focusses both a theoretical (meta) reflection on key concepts and approaches and a concrete, hands-on approach to test them in practice. The focus will be on how the experimental and innovative capacities of the design practice can help re-frame and re-make flows of local “waste” or residual material into resources, what roles the various participants can take in this process, and how their participation can inform the design practice, education, and research.

171016_RS_DDW_1Toegekende aanvraag binnen het programma Smart Culture – Kunst en Cultuur, een initiatief van NWO Geesteswetenschappen en het Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA (NRPO SIA).  In de call ligt specifiek de nadruk op onderzoek naar de positie van de maker en de verbinding tussen kunst- en cultuurpraktijk, wetenschap en de creatieve industrie. De call maakt onderdeel uit van de topsector Creatieve Industrie en sluit aan op de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda.Resource in een samenwerkingsproject tussen Design Academy Eindhoven, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities and Studio Ester van de Wiel. Onderzoeksprogramma loopt tot oktober 2019.