2019 Technology and Product in Context

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Nohara Kayoko 
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Media-enhanced courses
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Intensive (S5-407A)  
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Course description and aims

The proposed series of lectures brings together design, community, philosophy, science/technology to investigate significant issues around sustainable future. Students learn how to put those pieces of information together and construct their own narrative and express it in the form of new wearables design.

Student learning outcomes

Designers should become thinkers, at ease both with the making of concepts and the making of stuff. Thinkering: messing around in an open-ended way with raw material – whether tangible or intangible, concepts or 3D touch-points, ideas or prototypes – to design tools for speculation on the not-yet.


design, wearables, sastainability, speculation

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The lecture, workshops and studio-based sessions combined deliver experiential learning. Participants will form small groups in order to design simple prototypes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Sustainability and multi-perspectives: design, community, science/technology
Class 2 Narrative construction
Class 3 Designing prototypes of future speculative wearables
Class 4 Designing prototypes of future speculative wearables
Class 5 presentation and discussion


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Assessment criteria and methods

atetndance, class contribution, assingment

Related courses

  • LAW.X316 : Approaches to Creative Expression
  • LAW.X314 : Editorial Designing in the Media
  • LAW.X315 : Science & Engineering Design for Global Talents -Overseas Programme
  • LAW.X401 : Science Communication for Global Talents - Overseas Programme
  • TSE.C317 : Methodology of Transdisciplinary Research:theory and practice

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



Dr Ulrike Oberlack as a guest lecturer
16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Dec (tentative)

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