Design and Cultural Invention – a free four week course

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Published:  July 3, 2013
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Design and Cultural Invention – a free four week course

‘Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other’ — Freire

Design is often thought of as mere window dressing, used to sell lifestyles to an eager populace. By taking a broader view of the term, design can be seen as an active participant in cultural invention, shaping and altering the way in which we interact with the world. This course will look at some of the ways in which it affects our lives, and how we can use design to enrich ourselves.

This free course will cover four differing fields, beginning with how to use the tools of design to explore possible futures. The next week we explore the different concepts of time and space, the public and private in Islamic architecture. Then moving through to the way in which small scale publishing can be instrumental as a mouthpiece to communities of interest. The course concludes with the social and cultural history of the home, with a focus on how this can help you to rethink your own.

Co-ordinated by Daniel Neville (who also has a new essay on video games in the current issue of Desktop), the course will take place each Tuesdays 9th – 30th July 6:30-8pm at Some Velvet Morning, 123 Queens Pde. Clifton Hill.

The four course subjects and presenters are listed below. Each evening will feature a 45 minute presentation and 45 minutes open discussion.

WEEK 1: 9.7.13
DESIGN AS A TOOL FOR EXPLORING POSSIBLE FUTURES
Stuart Candy (ARUP Foresight)

WEEK 2: 16.7.13
ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE: MEANING, FUNCTIONS & SYMBOLS
Targol Khorram (Architect)

WEEK 3: 23.7.13
SMALL SCALE PUBLISHING AND COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST
Stuart Geddes (Chase and Galley)

WEEK 4: 30.7.13
HOME: RETHINKING A PLACE TO CALL YOUR OWN
David Week (Assai Consulting/Inclusive Urbanism)

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to expand your design horizons with some of the best thinkers across a wide range of fields. Visit Melbourne Free University for more details.

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