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Speculative Design in Education: Mapping the Landscape
  This paper presents findings from a recent European-wide study on the use of Speculative Design approaches within education. The study included a survey of design educators and interviews with Speculative Design practitioners. This data has contributed to a mapping of the current educational landscape in Europe and will inform the development of an open set of resources for educators interested in Speculative Design and related approaches. Themes that emerged from the study are discussed in detail in the paper including; views on defining a curriculum along with metrics for assessment, the development of open guidelines and frameworks, attitudes towards generating change and implementing action, and understanding the distinguishing characteristics of Speculative Design within an educational context.

  • Date:

    08 June 2021

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  • Publisher

    Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

  • Funders:

    EC European Commission


Helgason, I., Mitrović, I., Hanna, J., Auger, J., Encinas, E., & Smyth, M. (2021). Speculative Design in Education: Mapping the Landscape. In Design Culture(s). Cumulus Conference Proceedings Roma 2021, Volume #2



Speculative design; critical design; education; interdisciplinarity

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