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(Archive) Design United | Design Research Programme


This project was part of DDW 2022
POND, Agoston Walter, TU/e, Nova Innova — © Agoston Walter, TU/e

For 5 consecutive days, Design United will fuel the debate around design research in the Microlab Eindhoven.
Come join us in 5 interactive and inspiring sessions addressing 5 design research themes, and, as a whole, cover the theme overarching theme 'Transitions'.


The Dutch design research community has to continually deal with the ever-changing relationships between technology, society, and our planet. Given these changes, design research is in a continuous state of transition.

These transitions impact the things we create and investigate, the questions we ask, and the tools and methods we develop and use. Technological developments in Artificial Intelligence, Bio-engineering, and networked systems trigger us to make and study things where the natural ends and the artificial starts. It also evokes questions such as: ‘What makes us human?’ or, ‘How to live our lives in times of planetary and economic crisis?’.

The 5 themes address different transitions in design research, from the natural to the artificial, from the past to the future, and from traditional to novel methods of creation.
Discover the challenges we face today in design research!
Join our workshops at Microlab:

5 Design Research Themes - 5 x Design Research Afternoons @Microlab

24 October More than Human Design
We entered an eco-age, which spans and traverses the social, natural, and artificial. How can we create value for future habitats that are natural for the ‘life’ and growth of humans and nonhumans?

25 October Futuring
Design is a future-oriented practice. Ways to envision the future, speculate and reflect on it, and even to rehearse what it may feel like to inhabit alternative futures, are all critical components of the designer's toolkit.

26 October Politics of Design
What is the relationship between design, power, and social justice? How do designers navigate the complex intersections of social structures, cultural differences, biases, stereotypes, and domination?

27 October Entanglements with AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be fundamentally shaping our future societies. It is therefore of great importance to understand AI as a design material.

28 October Neo Craftsmanships
While critical debates on the future directions of design are in full swing, crafters of advanced enabling technologies have already started to make the new everyday a reality; the crafts of tomorrow are taking shape today.

Futuring — © Data door, Hanna van Rixtel, TU/e

Politics of Design — © One size fits some, Maartje van Proosdij, TU Delft

Entanglements with AI — © Vera vd Burg, Senthil Chandrasegaran & Peter Lloyd

Neo Craftsmanships - Ceci n'est pas une chaise