Design Futures! Understanding climate with Speculative Design

Design Futures! Understanding climate with Speculative Design
Design for Adaptation: how do we thrive in a new climate reality?

Do you want to learn about projects that apply design and technology for sustainability? We are hosting a series of monthly meetups, where we shed light on a relevant project and look into the design methods in use. All projects are working to solve one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals and present new possibilities that exist in the cross-section of design, science and technology.

The first meetup in the Design Futures! series will focus on climate, and explore how we can marry environmental science, behavioral data and speculative design for a sustainable future

As you read this, the weather is changing. In our connected world, we are never far away from a weather forecast to guide our next move. Increasingly, we desire the same foresight about what longer term changes in the climate mean for our communities, organizations, clients and society at large. But how can we divine what is in store for the futures we care about? More importantly, how can we marry environmental science, behavioral data and speculative design to build futures that sustain us? Designing for Adaptation is a practice that involves bringing to life futures and climate trajectories and then backcasting to today to design interventions and services which can propel us towards more resilient and optimistic futures.

Francesca Desmarais is an Interaction Design Lead at CIID. Across the institute, she leads professional projects with organisations and companies, teaches workshops, and is venturing a specific focus for CIID on designing for climate adaptation. She conducts research on adaptation services and is currently designing a service with UNEP-DTU for small businesses in Sri Lanka to improve resilience against flooding. Prior to joining the CIID team, she was the Strategy and Research Lead for Architecture 2030, a top U.S. think tank in low-carbon architecture.

Kelton Minor is a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen’s Center for Social Data Science and received his MSc in Human Environment Relations from Cornell University's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. His research explores the human effects of changes in technology and climate to inform policy, planning and design. Recently, he helped to conduct the first national survey of Greenlandic residents’ views of climate change and adaptation. Previously, Kelton worked as a UX Researcher for smart home startups in Silicon Valley and designed interactive spaces for the Google NYC office.


17.00-17.10: Arrival
17.10-17.50: Presentation
17.50-18.00: Q&A
18.00-18.20: Break with sandwiches and Networking
18.20-18.50: Workshop
18.50-19.00: Wrapping up + Networking

Dates for next meetups:

4. marts kl. 17.00-19.00 Seaborg Technology og Design Fiction

1. April kl. 17.00-19.00 Reflow – samskabelse af cirkulære ressourceflow i byer med Christian Villum fra DDC

  • When

    5. feb. 2020 17:00 - 19:00
  • Where

    IDA, Kalvebod brygge 31-33,, 1780 København V.

  • Registration Deadline

    4. feb. 2020 - 23:59

  • Organizer

    IDA Design og Innovation

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