J. Bleicher / Global Urban Design / Urban Design Director / 07.12.18
Where is design going?
Design is being given to the people to more directly meet their needs for example there are Design labs where people who have problems to be solved can come in to work with others to provide solutions.
Design in general is no longer a solo, siloed activity where a designer imposes his will on the masses. Design has evolved and needs to be relevant and address what people need, gaps in the market,
How can design education be more relevant?
Design education needs to offer a foundation year or years that exposes all students to the principles of universal and inclusive design before they specialise into their subject areas.
For example in Sweden architects, landscape architects and planners do two years in common before focusing on their own specialisation. The program should also include urban designers and teach universal and urban design principles so that all who work in the built environment focus on people first. This will improve how they make places.
What are the future skillsets designers need to learn now?
1 How to put people first as the users of their Designs and how to consult and engage with people.
2 How to collaborate and Work with multidisciplinary teams.
What should a design school do to prepare students for transdisciplinary work?
Set up interdisciplinary studios and provide interdisciplinary projects
What should a design school do to forward equity and inclusion?
1Promote Design courses to young students from all socio economic backgrounds, genders and ethnicities .
2Set up mentoring programmes with diverse and inclusive mentors. Go into schools and work with career guidance teachers to attract students
3 Offer more fully funded scholarships to allow students to attain an education who wouldn’t be able to otherwise especially students from single parent households.
4 increase quotas so student body membership is more reflective of the society
What other thoughts/ideas would you like to share?
Engage with the public. Set up a design lab where the public can come in and work with students to solve a problem they have.
Send students out to work with communities to understand and address a community issue.