Didactics of design (DIDI)
- Irma Arribas
- Pilar Gorriz
- Salvador Huertas
- Axel Legares
- Anna Majó
- Lluc Massaguer
- Claudio Molina
- Artur Muñoz
- Octavi Rofes
- Dolors Soriano
The group presents itself as an open collective unit within EINA, University School of Design and Art, in which teachers and students are gathered around a space of research and group discussion, allowing its group members to have a body on which to establish and nurture common interests and synergies within the field. To this respect, DIDI investigations are not directed or formally addressed , but rather arise independently and are in-progress developed according to the needs of the research at stake.
To develop, promote and support research initiatives on the teaching of design, featuring:
- A research framework within EINA.
- A pedagogical support to the School.
- The creation of didactic scenarios through the weaving of cross-cutting issues in synergy with internal and external agents of the School.
didactics, design, cross-curricular themes and topics , project, evaluation, action , methodologies , learning, knowledge
Areas of Research
The group shares an interest in the investigation of the didactic nature of design, bringing together the related agents , attitudes, skills , methodologies and evaluation mechanisms and seeking to unveil the counterparts between learning and knowledge.
DIDI understands that knowledge is not acquired through propaedeutic courses constituted as technical and instrumental sections based on the memorization of content, but by favoring a transversal education in pro of the generalist and integrative training of each individual. In this sense, not in conflict with specialties, but rather claiming each other mutually, knowledge becomes a system of different nodes that form an expanded network in space and time.
DIDI investigates in an atmosphere embracing the necessary attitudes for an approach to this expanded web. The location of the content in the network as well as the methodological processes, are structured to make research a collaborative ecosystem among all agents set around the environment, including the School itself. Such exercise is the result of the investigation of the current status in relation to academic learning conditions and the relative constructive exercise around it, having the school itself act as an accession territory.
Thus, transversely driving the research process in didactics: teachers, undergraduate and postgraduate students and other research groups, nourish spaces and encourage peripheral in-and-out looks under different perspectives and distances, over the proposed environment.
Within the field of study, the following research lines are kept open:
- Assessment methods: parameterization versus holistic.
- The agency of project.
- The context and the student in the learning environment.
- Fiction in anticipation of reality. Motor design.
- The "drawing" and its enabling nature in the processes of project.
The topics covered in activities carried out so far, registered in conferences, publications, workshops and teaching practices , and illustrating the lines of current research, are:
- Constitutive and regulatory modes in the learning of creative design
- Collaborative and participatory design projects in practice
- Skills assessment. Open matrix structure
- Didactic strategies to anticipate realities in the process of project
- The "drawing" technique as mediator of the design process
History and Design studies
- Isabel Campi
- Sara Coscarelli
- Albert Crispi
- Enric Mas
- Alex Mitrani
- Artur Muñoz
- Jordi Peraferrer
- Oriol Pibernat
- Mar Saiz
- Sílvia Santaeugènia
- Enric Steegman
- Jeffrey Swartz
The group is oriented to reflect upon the discipline of History applied to Design, both on the definition and methodology and in its didactic application. Moreover, the group generates research on contemporary Art and Design. History is presented as a specific and unique process to recognize the evolution and the fundamentals of Design, providing materials for prospective reflection on the present.
- Production of research for discussion and exchange with external partners in symposiums and conferences.
- Detection of specific topics and areas with the Design practice, that are pending from historical study or that are likely of sustaining re-interpretations.
- Improved study and further examination of EINA’s Archive.
design, art, architecture, culture, historiography, post- modernity, industry, methodology archive
Areas of research
- Art and Design from the War until today. Evolution of Modernity
- Historiography design: methods, approach, scope, theories and traditions...
- Design and industrial architecture in Catalonia
- EINA History
Design processes. Advanced practices in Art and Design
- Xavier Alamany
- Anna Alcubierre
- Núria Andreu
- Laia Clos
- Georgina Curto
- Ariadna Fàbregas
- Vivian Fernández
- Jon Marín
- Jo Milne
- Lluís Nacenta
- Javier Nieto
- Raul Oliva
- Mar Saiz
- Jeffrey Swartz
- Cristina Subias
- Oriol Ventura
The group opens up to EINA teachers as a space built for research and collective discussion, creating a real and effective service to the investigations of its group members. Initiatives arise from an individual or subgroup, that plan the working process according to the needs of each research study. Therefore, investigations are not conducted by the coordination group, but arise and develop autonomously.
Develop, promote and support research initiatives on current practices in Art and Design, offering:
- A research framework within EINA
- A space for debate
- Collaboration with other group members
- Share current information /Knowledge transfer
art, teaching, communications, design, innovation, interaction, practice, project, technology
Areas of research
The philosophy of this group is that it is the conducting research that will determine the framework of the group, rather than that the research group determines the framework of its members. To such respect, all research activities that may fall within the definitions of Advanced Art and Design are welcome.