FROM CO-DESIGN TO CO-EDUCATION: A COMMUNITY COLLABORATION STUDY CASE FOR DESIGN EDUCATION
Editor: Grierson, Hilary; Bohemia, Erik; Buck, Lyndon
Author: Wu, Duan (1); Shi, Yin (2); Liu, Yang (3)
Institution: 1: College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai Institute of Design and Innovation; 2: College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University; 3: Institute of Shanghai Architectural Design & Research
Section: Innovation and Creativity in Design and Engineering Education
DOI number: 10.35199/EPDE.2021.68
Design education aims to ‘serve environmental, technological and societal changes and challenges’. While evidence suggests a worldwide increase of cross-disciplinary working as partnerships transcend the confines of predefined and historical silos. Thus, the premise of this paper is that the field of design needs to more regularly engage design students with community collaboration and broaden the application of design skills into more diverse arenas of creative problem solving. Co-design activities are emphasised as an approach which is focused on processes and procedures of design, not just a design style. In this case, as part of an experiment teaching project in Tongji University, College of Design & Innovation undergraduate program, we tried to bridge co-design methods with design education process in environmental design studio course, in which the second-year students are required to be aware of design process and the ability of cross-disciplinary working and collaboration. This paper will introduce the course syllabus and process on how to involve in co-design method and community collaboration, and will also examines how those pedagogical approaches has been applied in three different school years:2018,2019 and 2020. It will detail the different approached each year have used to construct learning opportunities, along with a profile of the participants, resources and methods utilized. The findings will provide a structure to compare and contrast different approaches used in different years in order to draw conclusions regarding outcomes. The research is still in early stage, while aims to raise discussion about how to educate students who can effectively tackle the multi-disciplinary wicked challenges of the future.