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Making resilience through design doing

Fountain, W, Carleklev, S and Hruza, S 2019 , 'Making resilience through design doing', in Jonna Häkkilä and Minna Pakanen and Elina Luiro and Enni Mikkonen and Satu Miettinen (eds.), Cumulus Conference Proceedings Series 05/2019 Rovaniemi , Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media., Finland, pp. 83-91 .

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We propose ‘resilience making’ in this paper as urgent, creative and adaptiveaction through an account of its exploration with students in the first year ofan international BFA in design. We focus on the learning design being carriedout for the fourth iteration of the module ‘Resilience’ - the last of eightmodules completed by students in an introductory year structured arounddesign tools and processes.Our core proposition is that context-rich, place-based making is a means toconnect students within social-ecological systems as continua, rather thanpositioning them as separate from the abstract concepts and systems theorywe typically expect them to comprehend. Arising from this learning designprocess, we highlight insights around sustainability epistemologies, meaningmakingin place, and our valuing of contextual and traditional knowledge.As design practitioner-teachers, we outline our working position in relation tosustainability and resilience education, and our aims of integrating designknowing, seeing and doing. We then detail how the module will unfold withstudents during May 2019 - a month characterised by:place-specific making days progressing in focus from personal, tocommunity, to large-scale system resiliencestructured reflection by students on their first year learning and placebasedmaking; anda culminating, ‘co-citizen’ lab week in which students are challengedto carry out adaptive action by linking their own system andtimescales in the context of their diverse learning community.We close by questioning how we might advance ‘resilience making’ as designledadaptive action, and strengthen our own resilience as practitioners andteachers of design in a time of crisis.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:Fountain, W and Carleklev, S and Hruza, S
Keywords: resilience, design, making, learning
Journal or Publication Title: Cumulus Conference Proceedings Series 05/2019 Rovaniemi
Publisher: Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.
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