University of Technology Sydney

88951 Future Design Strategies

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

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Result type: Grade and marks


By its very nature, design is an activity concerned with the future. In this time of rapid transformation, with all its accompanying complexity, threats and opportunities, being aware of how change might impact on design becomes critical. This subject addresses those areas identified as likely to impact most on the design professions over the next decade. They include cultural change, globalisation, sustainability and technology advances. Students are supported in researching developments in these and other change making themes. Leading designers, design academics and futurologists join UTS staff in mapping possible future strategies for designers.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. To understand the impact of new insights into the social, cultural, commercial, environmental, or technological aspects of design.
2. To reflect on the process of design and its relationship to complex social, cultural, commercial, environmental, or technological concerns.
3. To understand the dynamic nature of design and how design interacts with the forces of change.

Teaching and learning strategies

Weekly lectures, tutorials, and guest lectures.

Students are expected to attend weekly lectures followed by tutorial workshops that extend the knowledge introduced in the lecture. They are also expected to attend a public lecture series to document as a vehicle towards framing their own design strategy. Written and visual outcomes, are strategies used to examine the learning.

Content (topics)

  1. Introduction To Paradigm Shifts In Design
  2. Cultural Changes In The 21st Century
  3. Technological Factors Facing Design
  4. Sustainable Concerns In Design
  5. Social Changes in Design