How can a designer lead a co-design project with teachers and local initiators to generate building stronger community through the localisation of education within a local community that also maintains global perspective, such as Älmhult?
In designing a country, one is essentially imposing identity as an acceptable standard for who its citizens are and what they represent. ‘Observatio’ ultimately intends to challenge collective understanding of the nation-state by bringing to light social constructs which we are taught to uphold, yet is self-satirical in its creation of visuals for a state of multiplicit individuals and defeats diversity by imitating this existing cultivation of community.
Have you ever thought about how much trash a dinner creates or how many waste packages you brought with you from the takeaway place?
This design project is based on the trend of sustainable furniture as well as the rapid expansion of recycling culture. It contains both tangible furniture design and intangible circular system. The context of the project is a modular table design that combines both recycle material and mass-producible ready-to-assemble furniture (RTA).
Doesn’t design already imply change? Yes, through design we give form to new products (and books, campaigns, services, systems and much more). Through these we also shape and change behaviours, attitudes and even worldviews.
Today it is both formally and globally recognised that both ecological and social systems are in a critical state. We also know that human activities – and not least design, and its associated overconsumption – drive unsustainability. With + Change we want to emphasise the very potential of design to affect change and to extend it. + Change comprises different perspectives on change, such as adaptation, evolution and revolution. For us + Change very much includes examining, challenging and changing the norms that shape the everyday life of individuals as well as society at large. To affect change through design can be about initiatives directed at products, systems or worldviews. We can choose to use design to affect change locally, regionally or globally, and with a focus on ecology, economy, human health and equality, or all of them simultaneously. Altogether + Change is about purposefully using design, and its inherent creativity, in order to achieve changes towards futures of sustainability.
+ Change is not only about what we study and why – it is also about how we do it. + Change pedagogy brings design, artistic expression and theory together. We believe we need students and staff groups to genuinely and in an interdisciplinary manner engage with the complexity of sustainability. Therefore, we have chosen to have an international intake on all our programmes and to deliver them in English. Together we make a + Change culture – dynamic, vibrant, creative and critical.
+ Change database
This is our digital platform where you will find selected Works, News and Features coming from the Linnaeus University’s Design Department. It is a tool for us as students, educators and researchers to share, connect and re-connect ideas for + Change. We continuously work to make our + Change knowledge and practices available and searchable.