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DS 83: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE16), Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity, Aalborg, Denmark, 8th-9th September 2016
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen
Author: David Oswald
Institution: Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd
The great design movements in design history were, for the most part, guided by utopian, political, or
at least reformist aims. They combined the question of what today is called ‘material culture’ with the
more general question of how we want to live. Today, faced with the global challenge of creating sustainable
economies and societies, design has rediscovered its ethical, social and critical tradition.
However, due to their global nature, today’s problems have reached an unprecedented level of complexity
and inertia. These problems are deeply ingrained into global policies – and the chances to face
them are the highest when employing political means. As a consequence, if design aims to contribute
in these challenging domains, it has to conceive itself as political.
Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-disciplinarity The 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will be hosted by the Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology of Aalborg University, Denmark. The conference is organised in partnership with the Design Education Special Interests group (DESIG) of the Design Society, and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The Conference brings together representatives from education, design...