Creative Design and Trans disciplinary Thinking

Specific Objective: To define, describe and identify indicators and produce guidelines for their implementation in a renewed curricula, that enhances research by design among ADU students; focusing on the content, the structure and the educational culture of the curriculum.



Interdisciplinary working dynamics

To test or plan the interdisciplinary working dynamics in the workshops and parallel pilot projects, we can refer to interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity*. For both, the main interest lies in the ability to integrate the different but often complementary visions, approaches and working methods of different disciplines involved in the design or construction process. The first notion however refers to the relationship between different disciplines, maintaining a certain autonomy within, while the second notion points towards a merging of different disciplines, seeking to define a different kind of expanded field of architecture, design and urbanism. Both notions can be present within a workshop, seminar or design studio: the importance of this, is that we try to detect why and when which kind of working dynamics appears and how we can evaluate this, discussing their challenges and potentials.


Creative Thinking/Design Thinking

Creative thinking is related to emergent forms of creativity: a creation process that does not focus on additional production per se but previously questions the very circumstances that define or influence a need or desire to design, produce or intervene. In other words, creative thinking starts with monitoring and questioning the circumstances of the design task beforehand: the real potential of a site, the real needs of its inhabitants, the real desires of the people using a space or a product. Creative thinking, related to many forms of design, uses coherence as a main criterium, not necessarily innovative production or adding program, building or reconfiguring the organization of space. The result of a creative thinking process might even be that there is no need to design or intervene.


* Hirsh Hadorn (2008), Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research ; Doucet I. & Janssens N. (2011) Transdiciplinary Knowledge. Production in Architecture and Urbanism ; Spiridonides C. & Voyatzaki M. (2010) Educating architects towards innovative architecture , …..