The annual Design Research Methods Festival of the Bern University of the Arts HKB Master Design is dedicated to approaches and methods relevant to design and to design research. We invited experts to hold a workshop, introducing the participants to why and how they do what they do:
Monday, 1 November 2021, 9:30–12:30
PRACTICING CIRCULAR DESIGN TO RE-EXPLORE LOCAL RENEWABLE RESOURCES TOWARDS LIGHTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURAL REALM by Hanaa Dahy
The input will be in the form of a lecture followed by a discussion about the circular design and how it verses linear one, especially when alternative resources than the conventional ones in the building industry are applied, namely bio-mass resources. The lecturer will discuss different developed projects and will analyse their circularities and how multidisciplinary and research impact influenced the design process and the outcome. Participants are encouraged to visit the website that presents diverse projects in that area: hanaadahy.com to be ready for a fruitful discussion after the lecture and to prepare their questions.
Hanaa Dahy, is a registered architect, who founded her(BioMat) department «Biobased Materials and Material Cycles in Architecture» at ITKE (Institute of Structural Engineering and Design) in the Faculty of Architecture
and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart since 2016. She holds European and international patents, has won various international awards, leads several industrial projects and is a founding member of ArchIDA (Research Center for Architecture in Stuttgart: Integrative Design and Adaptive Construction). She established her architectural office in Cairo since 2003 and has numerous architectural projects in Europe and the middle East.
Monday, 1 November 2021, 13:30–16:30
CLOTHING AND COLONIAL POWER: FRANCE AND WEST AFRICA THROUGH DRESS by Victoria L. Rovine
This workshop will use clothing and adornment as a window onto modern colonial histories in Africa. Dress practices played important roles in the imposition and exertion of European rule in colonies across Africa, and in African adaptation to as well as resistance to that rule. In fact, this workshop aims to demonstrate that dress offers the most vivid insights into the operation of colonial power in Africa – no other artistic medium reveals as much about domination and resistance across cultures. We will explore case studies in dress and power to investigate how specific garments moved between the two sides of colonial contexts, sometimes transformed into new forms as they traveled between cultures. For example, we will look closely at headwear (crowns, top hats, pith helmets), military uniforms, textiles that were woven in Africa as well as imported from Europe and elsewhere. We will also consider how dress has continued to reflect the aftermath of colonial histories. For this element of the workshop, we will investigate the work of fashion designers in Africa and in Europe. The workshop will operate through a combination of short lectures, readings, discussions, and group activities.
Victoria L. Rovine is Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published two books: Bogolan: Shaping Culture through Cloth in Contemporary Mali (2008), and African Fashion, Global Style: Histories, Innovations, and Ideas You Can Wear (2015). She is now writing a book on textiles and weaving in the colonialera interactions between France and French West Africa.
Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 9:30–12:30
RHETORICAL DESIGN ANALYSIS ACCORDING TO THE BERNE MODEL by Arne Scheuermann
The course will introduce the basics of visual rhetoric and use initial exercises to jointly develop and practice how to analyze images, graphic design, and media using the Bern model of rhetorical design analysis.
Arne Scheuermann is head of the Institute of Design Research at the Bern University of the Arts HKB. He researches visual rhetoric in the subject areas of terrorism, health care, and Lego.
Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 13:30–16:30
DESIGN FICTION – PLAYFUL UN-LEARNING AND ACTING CREATIVELY TOGETHER by Bettina Minder and Ute Klotz
Times of global crisis and digital transformation are good times to review designerly culture – its values and believes and corresponding rules and practices. By referring to Spivak’s ideas of un-learning (Danius et al. 1993) we co-create fictional stories about voice-controlled information technology ‹for the other person› (ibid:25). This is asking about the world outside the privileged design culture and outside its critique – and learn. It will be interesting to reflect, when (un-) learning during design fiction processes emerge, how it is it created and by whom.
Bettina Minder, PhD is deputy head of Competence Centre Design and Management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (LUASA) and member of the future lab CreaLab.
Prof. Ute Klotz is Professor at the Lucerne School of Information Technology. She is co-leader of the focus group ‹Technologies for the digitalised working world of the future› at LUASA.
Wednesday, 3 November 2021, 9:30–12:30
USER-CENTRIC DESIGN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR by Medea Fux
Together with civil servants from the Swiss confederation, cantons, and municipalities, staatslabor has developed the staatsBox, an innovation tool specifically designed for public administration. The staatsBox is based on Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping and is used in programmes of 4-5months in different administrative units. The workshop offers an insight into the methods of the staatsBox and practical experiences with it. In addition, participantsʼ ideas on innovation and design in the public sector are sought.
Medea Fux is a project manager at staatslabor, which supports administrations in providing contemporary and future-oriented services. She studied interdisciplinary natural sciences at ETH Zurich, where she set up a teaching project based on design thinking (PRISMA).
All revenues are donated to the HKB scholarship fund. The workshops will be held on-site.