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a brand new course in TU Delft OpenCourseWare: Social Cohesion Design,

Social Cohesion Design, a bachelor course of Industrial Design Engineering


A product designer according to the definition of Industrial Design Institutes is a person or a team that develops a product from initial idea to the full set of specifications needed for production. Designers are typically not educated to include social cultural values such as, property, trust, social cohesion, safety, environment awareness. The Social Cohesion Design Foundation (SCDF) in Delft,The Netherlands has initiated the ‘Social Cohesion Design’ course, aiming at providing designers with a robust ‘step by step’ methodology to include aspects of social cohesion in designer practise. The methodology is named: The 3-i Methodology, and is structured in three stages, Identification, Integration and Implantation. The course has the ambition to cope with¬† following challenges:

  • Can industrial designers actually contribute to ‘Social Change’?
  • Can designers be social activists?
  • Can industrial designers design products/services that effectively enhance aspects of Social Cohesion?

Study Goals

  • The student is capable of reflecting on design as a potential driver for aspects of Social Cohesion in a community;The student is capable of developing a specific Social Cohesion Design Mission for a design project;
  • The student is capable of translating the mission into a scenario for a ‘Community Integrated Product System’ (C.I.P.S.).
  • The student is capable of envisioning an implantation of the C.I.P.S. in the user context contributing to ‘Social Change’.
  • The student is capable of presenting his concept for a forum of design experts, public and media.
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