Educating Citizen Designers in South Africa

Show simple item record Campbell, Angus Donald Brown, Ivan Leroy
dc.contributor.editor Costandius, Elmarie
dc.contributor.editor Botes, Herman 2021-06-07T22:46:29Z 2021-06-07T22:46:29Z 2018-9-7
dc.identifier.isbn 9781928357735
dc.description.abstract Renowned design thinker and educator Ezio Manzini (2010: 8) claims that “[t]he only sustainable way to get out of the current worldwide financial and ecological crisis is to promote new economic models, new production systems, and new ideas of well-being”. Many definitions of design describe a goal-orientated process of “solving problems, meeting needs, improving situations, or creating something new or useful” (Friedman, 2003: 507–508). Design is therefore well placed to deal with the systemic crises Manzini describes; however, the practice of design is extensively shaped by the way it is taught, which does not necessarily generate designers capable of dealing with such systemic complexities. There is therefore a need for design education that provides graduates with a critical mindset, methodologies, tools and skills for appropriate change making embedded in complex contexts. Borrowing from Johnson and Morris’s (2010) framework for critical citizenship education, we describe such graduates as critical citizen designers. The context of South Africa provides a multitude of opportunities for student designers to use their expertise to bring about appropriate change. However, in order to encourage positive outcomes, an appropriate pedagogy, strengthened through praxis and grounded in economic, social and environmental realities, is required to prepare students for critical and sustainable change making. This chapter explores the education of industrial designers in South Africa utilising a ‘potential difference’ model for critical citizen design. This model attempts to consider stakeholder relationships through a lens of power and love (Kahane, 2010) in order to increase people’s capabilities (Nussbaum, 2011; Sen, 1999) through appropriate technology (Schumacher, 1975). This is contextualised through a case study of the design and implementation of an appropriate technology beekeeping system for urban farmers in Johannesburg.
dc.publisher AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
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dc.title Educating Citizen Designers in South Africa
dc.type Book Item
dc.identifier.doi 10.18820/9781928357735
pubs.begin-page 101 2021-05-29T22:13:40Z
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pubs.end-page 122 Stellenbosch
pubs.publication-status Published
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pubs.elements-id 854461 2018-9-7

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