Abstract

This paper reflects on the STICH research project, an international research cooperation between Switzerland and India that investigated the topic of requirements of future design education by jointly exploring topic issues in the area of craft, design and social innovation. The cultural differences between these two countries allowed for an inquiry into the transformation of craft, design in new contexts of social innovation – and to discover similarities in the re-interpretation and significance of craft and design in the context of entirely different social challenges. The paper builds on existing theories of design education, crafts and design to propose future approaches to design education that involve multi-cultural research collaborations. The findings suggest how design education can reach new ‘target groups’ by way of exploring new educational formats and contents that focus on the reinterpretation of traditional design skill in globalised contexts. This research fills a significant gap in the literature both in design and in crafts and provides opportunities to conduct further comparative studies.

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design education, international cooperation, research, social innovation, crafts

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How inquiries into craft generate new avenues for multicultural collaborations in design

This paper reflects on the STICH research project, an international research cooperation between Switzerland and India that investigated the topic of requirements of future design education by jointly exploring topic issues in the area of craft, design and social innovation. The cultural differences between these two countries allowed for an inquiry into the transformation of craft, design in new contexts of social innovation – and to discover similarities in the re-interpretation and significance of craft and design in the context of entirely different social challenges. The paper builds on existing theories of design education, crafts and design to propose future approaches to design education that involve multi-cultural research collaborations. The findings suggest how design education can reach new ‘target groups’ by way of exploring new educational formats and contents that focus on the reinterpretation of traditional design skill in globalised contexts. This research fills a significant gap in the literature both in design and in crafts and provides opportunities to conduct further comparative studies.

 

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