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What is Research through Design?

Green Leap was co-hosting this event with The Centre for Art, Technology, and Design and the Dept. of Media Technology and Interaction Design.

Time: Fr 2016-02-19 kl 13.15 - 16.00

Speakers: Sara Ilstedt, Loove Broms, Ylva Ferneaus, Karin Ehrnberger, Mia Hesselgren, KTH

Place: KTH Infocenter, Drottning Kristinas väg 4, Floor 2


Research Through Design (RTD) is a concept that describes a research approach where the design process in itself becomes a way to acquire new knowledge. The term was coined by Christoffer Frayling in 1993 as a proposal to differentiate between different types of design research, the other ones being research into and for design. Frayling describes RTD as “Taking design as a particular way of thinking, and a particular approach to knowledge, which helps you to understand certain things that are outside design.” There is however no clear consensus about what this approach actually implies, and other related concepts are also used such as Practice-Led and Practice-Based Research. What is typical of RTD and what is the result of this design-led research approach compared to other research methods? In this seminar we will look at a number of examples of RTD and discuss the approach and its usefulness. Researchers with various backgrounds that use RTD will describe their work and show examples. The seminar takes place in an exhibition about “Gestaltning för ett energieffektivt campusliv i Albano”, a project that uses RTD as an approach.

Exhibition: Sensing Energy

In the project "Sensing Energy", architecture and design has been used to give form and investigate how people can understand and intuitively sense how much resources they use. The project was presented in the exhibition “Sensing Energy” in KTH entré in February 2016 and in Dome of Visions 9-21 March 2016. Read more about the project here.

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