What if Design based research does not design things but Things?

Rasmus Leth Vergmann Jørnø

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The article is a contribution to the ongoing debate on fundamental aspects of DBR as a methodology, with regard to the question of what is being designed in DBR? It argues that DesignBased Research tends to reiterate a traditional division between theory and praxis. Praxis is seen as the execution of preconceived plans, designs or interventions. This division is based on a theoretical mindset where knowledge is perceived as a form of text in the scholarly mind. The origin of DBR in design thinking reinforces this division as the vocabulary in industrial design focuses on objects. The article provides an alternative analysis of the object of design - by way of the Aristotelian concepts of episteme, techne and phronesis - interpreted as an event taking place, in the sense of an assembly in the old nordic ‘Thing’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Designs for Learning
Number of pages9
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-87-7112-569-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventDesigns for Learning 2016: Learning Ecologies - Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 17 May 201620 May 2016


ConferenceDesigns for Learning 2016
LocationDepartment of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University
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