Upcoming OPEN Lectures

James Auger

Tuesday, 31st May 2016


The future happens through myriad complex factors shaping, informing, and constraining the how and why of things. Every act of creation happens under the influence of a given set of forces or conditions. The idea of constraints is especially familiar to designers: for every project there are good constraints and bad constraints; some that inspire, others that limit.

But particular constraints on the way we think about the future result in a much narrower range of possibilities than we might otherwise experience. Constraints keep us to well-trodden paths; they commit us to making the same mistakes, over and over. The constraint of positivity or progress dogma, for example, blinds future-makers and future-shapers – scientists, technologists, politicians, designers, etc. – from the potential negative implications of their proposals. Other constraints on how the future happens include ingrained systems and infrastructure, epistemology, unconstraints, historical factors, market constraints, and education.

Literature and film have long explored possible futures, both inside and outside of these constraints. But a more systematic approach to the constraints that govern our possible futures has for the most part been lacking.

In this lecture James Auger will explore some of the most fundamental constraints and the ways in which they influence and narrow the scope of future possibilities before showing how a re-thinking of design can provide an alternative.

When: Tue, May 31st – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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Past OPEN Lectures

Dan Lockton

Wednesday, 25th May 2016


Designing Agency: turning design for behaviour change upside down

In a world of ‘nudges’ and increasing quantification of our everyday lives, designers are becoming instruments of “behaviour change” at many different scales, for both commercial reasons and intended social and environmental benefit. However, much of this work is deterministic and reductive, making assumptions about people’s lives which miss or squash complexity, in the process leading to problematic outcomes.

In this talk, Dan will introduce a slightly different approach: design which aims to help people change the behaviour of the systems they live within, in a progression from understanding the world better, to developing agency.

Dr Dan Lockton is a designer and researcher specialising in links between design, understanding, and human action, particularly around what’s become known as “design for behaviour change” for social and environmental benefit. He draws on influences from a range of fields including decision sciences, human-computer interaction, pattern languages and cybernetics. He is currently Visiting Research Tutor in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art, and will be joining Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design as Assistant Professor in September 2016. Dan is currently writing a book, Design with Intent, for O’Reilly. @danlockton

When: Wed, May 25th – 5.30-6.30pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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Yasaman Sheri

Tuesday, 17th May 2016


Designing Biology

The disciplines of Design and Biology may appear far away from one another, and their expert language and tools even more. We are ever increasingly seeing an exponential growth in biology as a technology. However, we are also seeing an important focus on design as a very critical discipline. If we are interested in creating a rigorous and flexible approach to creating a future, it is important for such disciplines as Design and Biology to inform one another. 

Design has been evolving for some time now, from craft to industrial manufacturing to interaction design, and it goes without saying that designers will continue to evolve in their role, less as central creators and more as active participants of a larger system. It is important for every designer to be part of the dialogues in biotechnology as the advancements are part of a great and important shift in the way we interact and experience the world. 

Yasaman Sheri is a Designer interested in how humans interact with the world around us, living or not. She works with new technologies to explore possible and becoming futures. With a background in industrial design, her focus lies around materials, objects, how they are created and the way we interact with them. She has lead design programs such as the Graduate Studies Program at NASA Ames Research Center, while working with Autodesk, Google and IDEO. She also has worked with various wetware labs across the world working with scientists. She is currently at Microsoft in Redmond, WA.

Website: http://yeahsnos.com

When: Tue, May 17th – 5-6pm

Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

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Li Jönsson

Wednesday, 4th May 2016


Design encounters with non-human others

Design is argued to be a practice committed to proposing new forms of life (Ingold, 2015). But at times where issues such how human activity is threatening biodiversity and is argued to cause severe climate change, we are constantly battling with how we practice our living as more sustainable. It can be argued that climate change is one example of unintentional design – an unintended side effect from our practices of living. This articulates one of our current conditions of ecological complexities by highlighting how nature and culture are intertwined – at the same time invisible.

Bruno Latour (2008) says, ecology is not about nature but concerns the way we live – what he (referring to Peter Sloterdijk) calls breathable, liveable, atmospheres. He directly relates this as a challenge for design, to create the conditions of cohabitation and designing new spaces to breathe. Because, if we are to assume that the environment is something to be artificially produced it is a matter for design.

If design proposes new forms of life, how can we (better) practice living together with and through nature/culture complexities?

In this talk, Li will attempt to exemplify one possible ‘new spaces of co-habitation’ through the project Urban Animals and Us (2013) that formed part of her thesis work. The explorative project concerns taking nonhuman worlds seriously by constructing technologies of reciprocity – and stakes out the contours of what a non-anthropocentric position in design might be and look like. In extension of this, she will further sketch on this position and open up for discussion of where her future research practice is heading.

When: Weds, May 4th – 5-6pm

Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

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Jessica Tribbe

Tuesday, 26th Apr 2016


UNICEF Product Innovation: Driving innovation for development and emergency response:

UNICEF’s mandate is to ensure the rights and well-being of the children of the world, with a particular focus on those most vulnerable and hard to reach. In 2014, UNICEF procured nearly $3 billion USD in supplies to support the implementation of programmes and emergency response in developing countries around the world. These supplies range from vaccines and medicines, to school supplies, to water treatment and basic hygiene products. The UNICEF Innovation Unit aims to develop new products or improve existing products that will support UNICEF programmes and, ultimately, improve the lives of children.

Jessica Tribbe, a consultant with UNICEF, will share how the Innovation Unit aims to communicate the unique needs and requirements for low-resources settings and emergency contexts to the private sector and academia.
She will discuss some of the challenges, and opportunities, in developing fit-for-purpose products for complex markets.

Jessica is currently a consultant for UNICEF’s Product Innovation team, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She focuses on driving development of product innovations in water and sanitation, and on building internal processes for innovation within the organization. While working for UNICEF, Jessica has worked in both Kenya and Uganda, where she tested new products with local communities and governments.

Jessica received her Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris. She previously worked on both mHealth and women’s empowerment projects in India, as well as national-level political campaigns in the U.S.

When: Tuesday, April 26th – 5-6pm

Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

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