The urgent social challenges we face call for design to do more than increase profit. The messy complexity of our lives call for design to do more than solve problems. Design must draw on its transformative potential to imagine anew the places where we live, work, heal, learn and play. Over five days we will explore how design can productively amplify the social impact of our practice in partnership with others. Each day the program will reframe a social theme — safer cities, sustainable mobility, diversity and inclusion, innovative learning and healthcare — by way of a midday student-led co-design workshop and an evening panel discussion.
WORKSHOPS: MON–FRI, 12–2PM
Intergenerational perspectives are key to addressing the urgent social challenges and complex wicked problems we face. These 2-hour co-design workshops will scaffold how design frames and reframes a situation to support the work of imagining new tomorrows. Across the five day program a different social theme will be addressed — safer cities, sustainable mobility, diversity and inclusion, innovative learning and healthcare. With agency comes action. These workshops amplify the voice of students, from high school through to PhD candidates, giving younger generations a chance to prototype their future.
PANEL DISCUSSIONS: MON–FRI, 6–7PM
Through the frame of social impact expert panel discussions will interrogate the potential of design research. Over five evenings panellists will reference existing and future projects to consider how design can productively amplify the social contribution of a discipline driven to intervene and iterate. Believing that the complex challenges societies face cannot be addressed by one discipline alone, the transdisciplinary panels underscore the importance of partnering with others. Each evening expert panel discussion will frame and reframe a social theme — safer cities, sustainable mobility, innovative learning and healthcare — to get us closer to understanding how we might prototype new tomorrows.