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Socio-Technical Design

"We believe that design skills are built on solid artistic and academic foundation while best executed in a strong technical environment with the aim of serving both people and nature."



The work of the Socio-Technical Design group balances it interest equally on the impact and the object of design. In particular, the group is concerned with the interplay between social constructions, designed artefacts and spaces in all its shapes; whether manifested in products, services, systems, interiors or concepts.

To do so, we adopt a cross-disciplinary approach including competences from architecture, industrial design, mechanical engineering, interaction design and anthropology inspired design.

Our research and teaching serves to bridge Engineering disciplines and Computer Science, while reaching into faculties such of Health and Arts including departments of Aesthetics, Culture and Anthropology.

The group deploys the approach of Constructive Design Research to develop new knowledge and understanding, putting sketching, co-creation and innovation framing at the heart of the research and teaching endeavours. The group takes point of departure in design being an exploratory practice where framing and re-framing questions matter as much as iterations on solutions.