Social Cohesion Design, A Course for Designing Community Integrated Product Systems

DS 78: Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14), Design Education and Human Technology Relations, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 04-05.09.2014

Year: 2014
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Author: de Lange, Tjamme; Vergeest, Jors
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1Social Cohesion Design Foundation, Delft University of Technology; 2Delft University of Technology
Section: Design Education in Practice
Page(s): 384-389
ISBN: 978-1-904670-56-8


Design students are typically not educated in systematically including aspects of social cohesion in their designer practice. This paper describes the Social Cohesion Design course, an explorative project at the faculty of Industrial Design in Delft. The course aims at developing so called “Community Integrated Product Systems” for enhancement of social cohesion among community members, unlike mainstream industrial design with its focus set on an individual product-user experience. The course applies a new designer approach, the so called 3-I methodology, and constitutes part of a multi-stakeholder project in which students conduct street furniture assignments with human science students for a real company for a real district in collaboration with the municipality, the district team, the housing corporation and the residents involved.

Keywords: Social Cohesion Design, Community Integrated Product System, 3–i Methodology, ‘Face to Face’ contact, Q-board Interview, Multi Disciplinary, Scenario


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