What’s the meaning and the role of design? A multiple world views approach

What-is-design-Different-WorldviewsWhat-is-design-Different-WorldviewsOur next exercise at the Methodology Course will be a reflection on what is the meaning (and the role) of design in different world views (here represented by different professions).

One of our main challenges is to understand what is the contribution of design to academic research and to education in Urbanism. Understanding what design means in different contexts is part of this reflection.

‘URBANISM’ CAN DESCRIBE VARIOUS TYPES OF UNDERSTANDINGS AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS TO BE FOUND IN CONTINENTAL EUROPE AND IN LATIN AMERICA WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE PLANNING AND DESIGN OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC TRADITIONS EXPRESSED IN THE WORD  ‘URBANISM’ AS USED IN THE NETHERLANDS, FOR INSTANCE, ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE SPATIAL PLANNING OR URBAN DESIGN TRADITIONS PREVALENT IN THE ANGLO-­SAXON WORLD.

THE STRETCHED SCOPE OF URBANISM, WITH ITS LARGE RANGE OF INPUTS DRAWN FROM VARIOUS DISCIPLINES, SEEMS TO CREATE CONFUSION ABOUT THE NATURE AND THE FORM OF AN EDUCATION IN ‘URBANISM’.

WE VERIFY THE EXISTENCE OF SEVERAL COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE WHO VALUE PRACTICE AND THEORY DIFFERENTLY. 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COURSE IN URBANISM (INCLUDING SPATIAL PLANNING, URBAN DESIGN, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY AS ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS) HAS A HIGH DEGREE OF IDIOSYNCRASY.  

THE PRACTICAL ELEMENTS OF AN EDUCATION LARGELY BASED ON PLANNING AND DESIGN PRACTICES MAY ENGENDER A LACK OF SHARED CRITERIA WITH ACADEMIA.  IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO ARTICULATE AN ACADEMIC MODEL OF KNOWLEDGE THAT RECONCILES VALUES HOLD BY THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND VALUES HOLD BY THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY. IN THIS CONTEXT, WE LOOK FOR VALUABLE AND RELEVANT CONNECTIONS BETWEEN DESIGN AND PLANNING PRACTICE AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN  HIGH EDUCATION.

THIS IS WHY WE EXPLORE THE QUESTIONS: WHAT”S THE CONTRIBUTION OF DESIGN TO THE GENERATION OF NEW KNOWLEDGE? WHAT’S THE ROLE OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN DESIGN AND PLANNING PRACTICES?

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