Re-ACT by Design is the theme of an annual series of international workshop weeks for master students product development, architecture, interior architecture, heritage studies, and urbanism and spatial planning, of the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp.
“It might be said that what is offered in research and education should be determined by the challenges that are being articulated in the lines of fracture of society itself.” (Simons, 2006)
The aim of the international workshop weeks is to explore the power and capacity of design to tackle those lines of fracture and socially engage by design. Beyond re-search by design, students and tutors re-act by design.
How can design education not only address students, but also address those lines of fracture, and induce debates, provoke questions, and set an agenda?
The workshop is open to radical pedagogical experiences, which open the eyes, change sides and widen thinking. It stimulates crossing disciplinary boundaries. The international design workshop week is jointly curated by a team of students and faculty. It provides a forum for international exchange; simultaneously, it is an informal platform for discussing design education and its agency. The previous editions addressed the condition of displacement and resilience. The 2019 edition will address liminality.