Shifting to ‘Big Picture’ design? Discursive explorations of emerging design orientated towards social complexity.

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor n/a, n/a
dc.contributor.author Shabnavard, Ashkan
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-21T10:41:14Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-21T10:41:14Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/14476
dc.description.abstract Within contemporary design discussions there are descriptions of the adaption of traditional design principles in efforts dealing with ‘big picture’ systemic challenges (e.g. healthcare, education, and climate change). Consequently, it may be inferred that the meaning of “design” is expanding beyond previous conventions. This research project explores what is happening in this enigmatically emerging arena, where designers are operating amidst new levels of social complexity and within new domains of knowledge. This is an ambiguous and dynamically emerging space, therefore research is needed in order to document the outlooks of practitioners operating at its periphery. Using an applied discourse research strategy, based around the interpretive analytics of the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD), the project examines contemporary conceptions of the meaning of design, through the statements of expert speakers operating in and around the nexus of design, systems, and social knowledge domains. In doing so, the project provides insights into what is happening in this emerging space, how the meaning of design is being constituted and bound to the various outlooks of actors in the field. It also develops an original visualised mapping framework, applicable to meta explorations of the meanings associated with the term design. The project’s conclusions highlight, position, and reflect on where things currently stand in this emerging design arena, based on interpreted findings around design efforts driven by major societal shifts towards complexity and intangibility. The recommendations highlights possibilities for further research into the emerging role of design integrating systems and soft human science knowledge in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary design related spaces. en
dc.format.extent 87+34
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Shifting to ‘Big Picture’ design? Discursive explorations of emerging design orientated towards social complexity. en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Muotoilun laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword social systems design thinking en
dc.subject.keyword design 3.0 & 4.0 en
dc.subject.keyword design discourse en
dc.subject.keyword emerging practice en
dc.subject.keyword transformational design en
dc.subject.keyword transdisciplinary en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201411223043
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Nousala, Susu
dc.programme fi


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