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Design Theory and Critics

Code 12727
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Art and Design
Entry requirements No entry requirements.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Learning outcomes This curricular unit approaches design practice as much as its ideological and social implications. It aims to promote the understanding of design's theoretical foundations as their context, as well as its undeniable and profound contribution to the definition of contemporary culture, which emphasizes the importance of its critic. Hence, the established learning goals are:
Recognize design as a problem in the contemporary world;
Understand design's theoretical foundations;
Develop an analytical and critical perspective about design as a scientific field;
Be able to correctly and thoughtfully articulate and justify the analysis and critic of a design object.
Syllabus 01
Contemporary views on design;
Theory and criticism in Design;
Design and material culture, objects of mediation;
Total Design and dematerialisation;
Relationship between art and technique, dichotomy, ambiguity or symbiosis;
Value and values;
Impacts of design, social responsibility and ethics.
Main Bibliography BENJAMIN, W. (1992). “A obra de arte na era da sua reprodutibilidade técnica”, in Sobre arte, técnica, linguagem e política, Lisboa: Relógio d’Água.
BIERUT, M. (2007). 79 short essays on Design, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.
FLUSSER, V. (1999). The shape of things. A philosophy of design, London: Reaction Books.
FOSTER, H. (2003). Design and crime and other diatribes, London: Verso.
IHDE, D. (2008). The designer fallacy and technological imagination’, in Vermaas, P. et al. (Eds.). Philosophy and design. From engineering to architecture, Netherlands: Springer.
JULIER, G. (2010). La cultura del diseño, Barcelona: Ed. Gili.
MARGOLIN, V. (2014). Design e risco de mudança, Matosinhos: ESAD.
PAPANEK, V. (2011). Design for the real world. Human ecology and social change, London: Thames & Hudson.
TÁVORA VILAR, E. (Coord.), (2014). Design et al. Dez perspectivas contemporâneas, Lisboa: D. Quixote.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-25

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