The students on the programme Design + Change have designed an exhibition stand which also serves as a festive meeting point in the form of a bar. With a short film made by the students on the programme Visual communication + Change as the starting point, unexpected sustainability aspects of menstruation are discussed – environmental as well as social, economic, cultural and political. At the exhibition stand, complex questions are mixed with a celebration of this often taboo topic.
This project contributes to a discussion around the work of article 12 in the UN convention; Every child’s right to hold and express their views. In order to gain information about how children themselves perceive their roles as decision-makers in a home environment, I choose to conduct a workshop with a class in Rottne-Söraby School. It supports a complex activity and a thoughtful discussion in how to change for a world fit for children.
In my thesis project, I have tried to analyze how Airbnb reflects the social environment in big cities. My research aim is to let more and more tourists and local residents enhance the awareness that Airbnb need to be used in a right/better way through criticizing impact on social environment reflected by Airbnb.
Re is a critical response, a process, and a mindset about making again, a repetition, a repositioning, a regeneration. Re acts as a link for theoretical and topical frameworks within each of our works and repositioning of design as a response to current practices and perspectives. Re is a way to show the reworking of things, ideas and concepts, showing that our work is accumulative, building, transforming, reiterating and reappropriating what has been; our cycles of thought, behaviour, and practice.
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.