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Designing Experiential Futures for 1.5 Degree Lifestyles

The Design Futures course introduces Aalto University students to the various ways in which design and futures fields intersect. This exhibition introduces experiential futures of lifestyle 1.5 through objects, artifacts and video.
Students sitting in a class room
Presentation during the Design Futures course. Photo: Namkyu Chun
Students working at the Design Futures course
Students working in the Design Futures course. Photo: Namkyu Chun

The Design Futures course

The Design Futures course introduces students to theories and practices on the various ways in which design and futures fields intersect. These intersections include the implicit and explicit roles design plays in creating, enacting and critically analysing proposals and stories about alternative futures.

More specifically, the students are introduced to the history of futures studies, the theories and the methods for critical and strategic foresight. Students apply some of these methods to develop scenarios and communicate these through visual and/or material, experiential and/or embodied means.  

The course follows a project-based learning approach. During the course, students work in groups to develop a project focused on the construction of future scenarios. As part of this process, they critically reflect on the assumptions, values and perspectives underlying future scenarios. The course lectures and in-class activities support students throughout the process. 

Students’ scenarios can further invite collective actions of others to not only trigger reshaping the futures but also imagine new ways of addressing sociocultural and environmental crises.

Storyboard of a video, made by a student of the course
A storyboard for a video (a project from one of the student groups) from the 2021 course. Photo: Namkyu Chun

This project is an outcome of the Design Futures course offered to students of English-medium bachelor’s programme in Design, which was jointly established between the Department of Design and Media at Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Check out the Design Futures Main Page

Teachers

  • İdil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design, School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University. 

  • Namkyu Chun, University Lecturer in Design Communication, School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University.  

  • Guest lecturers: Kirsi Niinimäki Michael Lettenmeier 

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