Make space, make place, make sense

DS 76: Proceedings of E&PDE 2013, the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Dublin, Ireland, 05-06.09.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: John Lawlor, Ger Reilly, Robert Simpson, Michael Ring, Ahmed Kovacevic, Mark McGrath, William Ion, David Tormey, Erik Bohemia, Chris McMahon, Brian Parkinson
Author: Leurs, Bas; Schelling, Jasper; Mulder, Ingrid
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1: Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences; 2: Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Section: Learning Spaces
Page(s): 844-849
ISBN: 978-1-904670-42-1


ts transformed their space into a place in order to enhance their sensemaking process. A three-stage model referring to ‘make space, make place, and make sense’ is motivated and elaborated upon. It can be concluded that a space, or better to say a place, is an invaluable tool in facilitating meaningful design education. The physical environment seems to affect students’ development as well. At the final presentations teams not only surpassed expectations of their clients and tutors, but also their own expectations. They clearly act more confident in their interaction with the external world (clients, users, participants) as a designer.

Keywords: Design education, studio pedagogy, space, projects, sensemaking


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