Designlab, making space for doing design as a process

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The University of Twente has developed the DesignLab initiative to feed the “high tech, human touch” mission of the organisation. The combination of high tech and human touch was made one of the spearheads of the future, in order to bank on the universities unique position as a ‘dual-core university’ with both a strong science and engineering faculty on the one hand and a social sciences faculty at the other. This DesignLab has the mission to integrate the expertise of both academic kernels in “science2design4society”, which means that design knowledge is used to make new technologies available for users and that, together with the latest insights in humanities and business, these are used to tackle problems in contemporary society. To make this happen, the DesignLab needed a dedicated space for doing design in multidisciplinary teams. Because a lot of the prospective users of the lab would not be trained as a designer, it was decided that the actual space of the lab should support the design process. The space that was developed and implemented was therefore not only furnished for the desired design activities, but also structured according the desired design process. It is not yet evidenced that the space actually contributes to a more designerly way of working, the users are however very positive and the design process metaphor proved to be very helpful to build a shared vision within all the stakeholders involved in the DesignLab project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engeering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationGreat Expectations: Design Teaching, Research & Enterprise
EditorsGuy Bingham, Darren Southee, John McCardle, Achmed Kovacevic, Erik Bohemia, Brian Parkinson
Place of PublicationLoughborough/UK
PublisherThe Design Society
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-62-9
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2015
Event17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E&PDE 2015: Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research & Enterprise - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20154 Sept 2015
Conference number: 17


Conference17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E&PDE 2015
Abbreviated titleE&PDE
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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