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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola del Design
Insegnamento 098359 - DESIGN SEMINAR
Docente Corubolo Marta , Foth Marcus
Cfu 6.00 Tipo insegnamento Corso Integrato

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The purpose of the course is the critical enrichment of the approaches and project themes faced during the Degree programme. The Design Seminar gives students instruments and critical approaches that are useful for developing creative thought and design synthesis skills that intervene in the elaboration of a product-service system project concept.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

- learn critical approaches to the design project;
- can create design summaries that answer the specific requests of clients;
- can critically and autonomously apply methods and instruments for interpreting the context and design;
- can design in a team, sharing and communicating the design choices made, developing attitudes to negotiation, leadership and conflict handling.

Argomenti trattati

Smart Cities of More-Than-Human Futures

The turn to participation in smart cities was intended to increase the involvement of diverse, often marginalised, citizens in the design and use of networked sensing technologies. However, ideals of activism, citizen engagement and democratisation through the co-design of networked technologies and services have been largely based on an understanding of urban space as separate from nature, and for human inhabitants alone. In current conditions of climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity, a human-centred perspective of cities is increasingly problematic.
This design master class focuses on an expanded more-than-human perspective for cities, informed by studies in the Anthropocene in fields such as STS, geography, planning and design. We will interrogate how more-than-human perspectives and their resultant ethical, legal, and methodological concerns can shape participatory design practices and services towards cohabitation, and push forward a cultural change in the agenda of sustainable smart cities, urban informatics, IoT, and design.

Overall Big Challenge

The design field has a long tradition of tackling issues of sustainability head-on (e.g., transition design) and has recently started to garner momentum around new progressive thought leadership advocating for post-anthropocentric cities, for post-humanist design, and for more-than-human futures (see required readings below).
The challenge of this masterclass goes to the heart of the city liveability argument, especially with regards to the goal of addressing environmental change and the climate emergency: human-centred design (and thus the usual urban design and placemaking approaches in cities) reinforces human exceptionalism at the expense of our ecosystem. Prioritising human needs risks prioritising human comfort and human convenience, which may increase liveability scores in the short term, but accelerates humanity’s race to the bottom towards a planetary ecocide.



Clarke, R., Heitlinger, S., Light, A., Forlano, L., Foth, M., & DiSalvo, C. (2019). More Than-Human Participation: Design for Sustainable Smart City Futures. ACM interactions, 26(3), 60-63. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/128763/

Foth, M., & Caldwell, G. A. (2018, Nov 13-16). More-than-Human Media Architecture. In Proceedings of the Media Architecture Biennale 2018, Beijing, China. New York, NY: ACM. http://eprints.qut.edu.au/121705/

Foth, M. (2018). Participatory Urban Informatics: Towards Citizenability. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 7(1), 4-19. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/117069/

Yigitcanlar, T., Foth, M., & Kamruzzaman, M. (2019). Towards Post-Anthropocentric Cities: Reconceptualising Smart Cities to Evade Urban Ecocide. Journal of Urban Technology, 26(2), 147-152. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/122393/



There are no pre-requisites for attendance.

Modalità di valutazione

Attendance (being on time, participating throughout the days) is a prerequisite. Missing more than 1 day results in an automatic failure of the course. If participants are going to be late or need to leave early please seek permission at least a day before as changes affect group planning.

40% of grade
Quality and level of individual engagement throughout the week.
Criteria include level of participation; active engagement in discussions; quality of contribution; analytical thinking; constructive attitude; team-oriented attitude.

60% of grade
Quality of group work & design proposals. Participants will be graded based on their group’s overall performance.

1. Originality & innovation of concept: How original and innovative is the group's service design response to the chosen challenge? Includes aspects of decision-making, critical thinking, analysis, independent thinking.
2. Quality of design approach & execution: How was the concept developed into a solution? Includes accurate attention to detail in response to the overall brief and the chosen design challenge, technical skills, use of service design methods, research, and evaluation.
3. Quality & clarity of presentation: How clearly does the group present and convey the concept and solution within the time allocated? Includes language, presentation and performance skills, consideration of audience, time management.


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Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 50:00 100:00

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Note Docente
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