Concepts for the future

Tools for the Design Revolution – online lecture in cooperation with IDRV

10 Concepts for the future

How can we live in the future?

A key question that determines the IDRVs -  Institute of Design Research Viennas work. Can we live in a city that needs no oil? What can we learn from H. D. Thoreau? Can all goods be designed and constructed in a way that they remain in biological and technical cycles without waste? These and other visionary concepts could already be implemented today, but only under suitable conditions.    

A personal matter.

"We are all designers now." -  John Thackara, In the Bubble. Designing in a Complex World 2005

As we know from the first chapters of the course, the world has only a limited biocapacity and the ecological footprint of developed countries is far too much - it must be reduced urgently and with binding targets. Designers have the skills to draw alternative conceptions of life and present it to a larger number of people as desirable future alternatives. Let’s act informed and decidedly.

Equal, experimental collaborative projects with industry partners provide a first step in the right direction and forms of collaborative learning for the future. New practices and strategies can be checked in a set framework and later transferred into a larger context.

The example of the lighting control shows the importance of a creative leeway and communication between users and technical innovations.

For the future we need alternatives. A first step is the opening of closed systems, through to the users. Informed designers can mediate between them and the industry, create new incentives of collaborative working. Finally, we need concepts being accepted and strategies that include anyone. Systems are required which use the available technical options meaningfully and promote the improvement of efficiency without limitation of well-being.

The future concerns all of us and the tools for designing are available to everyone.