3 FIELD RESEARCH
In this chapter, I present the field research in order to discover the circumstance of these new design practices and the consequences for design education. I will elaborate on my findings of the case studies on City Labs, interviews with designers that operate in these labs as a Pro-Am in a new topic. I will also elaborate on the skills and competencies these designers need for these new practice by interviewing the designers. Lastly I will reflect on this collected data with design education; students as well as educators.
The Theoretical Framework described the urgency for a designer to become a Pro-Am in other fields in the context of trans-disciplinary cooperation and the implications for design education.
Does the Theoretical Framework connect to the reality of design practices? I conducted two case studies and interviewed designers in the City Labs to reflect on and gain an understanding of the circumstances of these practices and which skills are required.
REFLECTION: DESIGN EDUCATION
The Theoretical Framework described the implications for design education, but understanding how it can be applied required reflecting on the theory with design education, first with students, since they are educated for these design practices, at the Master Eco and Social Design at the University of Bolzano, second with design educators in the HOT program: ‘education in labs, communities of practice and stations’
TEST APPLICATIONS: DESIGN EDUCATION
To understand the applications and implementation of the pedagogical framework in design education, it is important to have tested the Learn to Unlearn framework.