NextDoor quartier : teaching young designers social conscience

O. Tomico, J.M.L. Kint, I. Ferwerda

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    The NextDoor Quartier project gave the opportunity to students of communication design and product design to experience the societal relevance of their work. They had to dive into the implications of trying to deal with cultural differences knowing that their decisions will have an impact and can't be pulled back. Results from the two groups of 8 students (4 industrial design, 4 communication design), showed the importance of learning by doing as the main driving force for social understanding. By confronting young designers with their own beliefs as a person, they were able to improve their social conscience at the same time that they design for a specific social group. Involving the community in Brussels North proved to be key to develop this project. The active participation of the inhabitants worked as a catalyst to create synergies between content, context and locality that define a specific intercultural context. The results of the project were delivered by means of installations or experiential prototypes. They publicly were displayed in the city of Brussels (Brabantwijk).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education proceedings (E&PDE), 2-9 september 2010 Trontheim, Norway
    Place of PublicationTrondheim
    PublisherNorwegian Institute of Science and Technology
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2010)
    - Trontheim, Norway
    Duration: 2 Sep 20103 Sep 2010
    Conference number: 12


    Conference12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2010)
    Abbreviated titleE&PDE 2010


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