The international conference taking place on 2-3 October 2014, at which the results of the ZHdK Design Department case studies will be presented and discussed, marks an important stage in the research project. In collaboration with academics working in disciplines with other methodological orientations, such as science studies (Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Michael Hagner), philosophy and epistemology (Alva Noë, Alfred Nordmann), and architectural anthropology (Albena Yaneva), the aim of the conference is to debate and discuss the question of method in the design sphere, in order to acquire new insights into the particular approaches employed within it. Through presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, various approaches to knowledge generation will be presented and brought to bear on the exploration of the design process.

The conference also features an exhibition documenting the eight studies and their results, which will be presented using various observational and analytical tools. For this purpose, the projects will be documented in an “exhibition format” based on actor-network theory. The details of these analyses will be presented and explained by their authors during a tour of the exhibition space to take place during the conference.

Both the analyses and the conference are part of a wider reflection on the prospects for the future development of the design field and the new objects and activities which are emerging from it. In addition, they will serve to position the Institute for Design Research in the academic field of methodological research, both nationally and internationally.












Michael Hagner
Der Hochsitz des Wissens. Das Allgemeine als wissenschaftlicher Wert. Zürich 2006, Diaphanes.

Alva Noë
Out of our heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness. New York 2009, Hill and Wang.

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger
Experimentalsysteme und epistemische Dinge. Frankfurt a.M. 2006, Suhrkamp.

Albena Yaneva
Mapping Controversies in Architecture. England: Ashgate, 2012

Alfred Nordmann
Responsible Innovation. Journal of Responsible Innovation, The Art and Craft of Anticipation, S. 87-98

Marc Rölli
Kritik der anthropologischen Vernunft. Berlin 2011, Matthes & Seitz.

Tanja Herdt
Das MacAppy Projekt. Wie Cedric Price das Systemdenken in die moderne Architektur integrierte. Candide No. 06, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 2012

Gerhard M. Buurman
Geldkulturen  Ökonomische, philosophische und kulturtheoretische Perspektiven. Gerhard. M. Buurman, Stephan Trüby (Hrsg.) München 2013, Fink.


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2-3 October 2014


Additional Information

Michèle Himmelrich will gladly help you with any organisational enquiries.

Institute for Design Research
Zurich University of the Arts
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