This International Virtual Course (IVC) will take its participants through a design thinking process in order to discover innovative solutions for collective (urban) issues, within the contexts of design ethnography studies that emphasise human behaviours towards the surrounding objects, systems, and ambience. The course participants will experience design thinking steps and design ethnography methods that are applied to daily objects and/or activities that are commonly available in any part of the world. The chosen projects will take the viewpoints of the creative economy ecosystem, including the scope of informal economy that often takes place as a significant factor, particularly in the global south.
Another important factor among the main considerations in this course is the recent challenges due to the (post) pandemic condition, where people are forced to find new ways to interact and to conduct daily activities, including delivering products and services safely, without compromising on quality and convenience. People are forced to switch their mindset and behaviour, to switch their perceptions towards the essence of life, to switch their manners of communication, and many more.
In order to capture this sense of SWITCH, the course will be delivered in a highly interactive manner, with impactful output that might be implemented in real situations. It is believed that exchanges of experiences from young people with different backgrounds from different countries towards a similar theme will yield interesting findings.
This course will be documented in a booklet that contains all journeys of the research (including sketches, photos/ documentation, and so on), up to the results and solutions.
DP3011 Design Thinking (3 credit)
DP3008 Design Anthropology (3 credit)