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DRLab @ “Research Forum”


Date: 20.07.2019

Location: Malga Costa, Arte Sella, Borgo Valsugana (TN)

The DRLab supports the Research Forum (Forum per la ricerca) through a pilot exploratory path that tends to link Service Design to processes operating in the realm of public policies, to understand its fields of action, the advantages of use and the added value of the use of this discipline in support of Trentino policies. The work of the DRLab in support of the Forum will be presented as part of the final event the 20th of July 2019 at Arte Sella (Borgo Valsugana), with the public presentation of the final document produced by the experts who, in this occasion, will illustrate the results of their work.

The Research Forum, set up by the Autonomous Province of Trento, started its activities in the middle of May 2019. Made up of 15 experts in the field of research, innovation and technology and business, the Forum has the objective to identify the strategic areas of development of research and innovation in support of the local economy, businesses and citizens, and to propose the most effective forms of intervention in support of research, innovation and technology transfer, to maximize the fallout in terms of economic development in Trentino.
The Forum will end on Saturday the 20th of July at Arte Sella (Borgo Valsugana), with the public presentation of the final document produced by the experts who, on this occasion, will illustrate the results of their work in a talk. The results of the Forum are part of the new multiannual research program, the main provincial planning document on the subject.

The event is open to all and can be followed in live streaming on Facebook.


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Service Design: new scenarios for MART


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Date: 04.02.2019
Location: MART – Cultural education and mediation area, Corso Angelo Bettini 43, Rovereto -TN

Seminar reserved for 9 mediators of Mart museum.

Program
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction to Service Design
09:30 – 10:00 Introduction to tools
10:00 – 10:20 Coffe break
10:20 – 12:30 Role Playing and Insight Matrix
12.30 – 13.00 Sharing and presentation of the results

The Design Research Lab meets the Mart’s Education Area for a training seminar aimed at updating mediators. The idea is to periodically promote a real MeaningsLab at the Mart museum to support the development of skills that can encourage the production of new processes and practices, in order to identify and develop new teaching formats. Design promotes new ways of thinking and doing, informs strategic choices, also in the educational field. This seminar was born, therefore, from the desire to focus, also in the museum context, on new scenarios dedicated to innovation, simplification and design.

To innovate means to implement or improve a product, a good, a service or a process, through new organizational methods in practical activities, new work organizations or external relations. In this sense, design is one of the ideal tools for the realization of innovation. It is, indeed, the activity of conceiving and developing a design for a new or significantly better product, service or system that ensures the best solution-interface with respect to the needs of users, their aspirations and abilities, realizing all aspects of cohesion and of sustainability.


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Space (natural and built) as text: the semiotic approach


Event | Date: 04.12.2018

Location: Department of Humanities, Room 1

This seminar, proposed by the Design Research Lab at the University of Trento and led by Prof. Ugo Volli from the Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences at the University of Turin, aims at providing a semiotic interpretation of space, as determined and structured by a text.

Speakers:

Prof. Ugo Volli, University of Turin

How does a text organize the spatial dimension? How can processes of meaning pose limits on a text? The seminar will deal with these questions and others, and will be primarily aimed at transmitting the fundamental concepts and contemporary discussions within the field of semiotics to the participants.


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Design is you


Date: 10.12.2018

Location: Department of Humanities, Auditorium, Via Tommaso Gar, 14 – Trento

Just a year after its founding, the Design Research Lab (DRLab) at the University of Trento has the pleasure of presenting the first results of its activity within educational, productive and public policy systems in Trentino. The DRLab is dedicated to regenerating such systems through the transfer and spreading of design knowledge based on Service Design conceived of as a strategic drive for the economic and civil growth of Trentino region.

Speakers:

Paolo Collini Rector of the University of Trento

Achille SpinelliCouncil Aide for Economic Development, Research and Work

Renato TronconScientific Responsible of the DRLab

Michela VentinCoordinator of the DRLab

Emanuele BonafiniPresident, ASPAN

Laura ZollerEducational Director, ITT Buonarroti Pozzo

DRLab is engaged in sustaining the importance of necessary and urgent service innovation, enacting versatile models for utility and effectiveness able to concretely support the generation of all those forms of value that services advance and multiply by their very nature.

Programme:

10:30 – 11:00 Registration.

11:00 – 11:15 Institutional greetings

Paolo Collini, Rector of the University of Trento

Achille Spinelli, Council Aide for Economic Development, Research and Work

Renato Troncon, Scientific Responsible of the DRLab

11:15 – 12:00 Presentation of the Design Research Lab

Michela Ventin, Coordinator of the DRLab

Contributions from:

Emanuele Bonafini, President, ASPAN

Laura Zoller, Educational Director, ITT Buonarroti Pozzo

12:00 – 12:15 Conclusions and ways forward

Renato Troncon, Scientific Responsible of the DRLab


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Presentation of results “Service Design for Pantrentino”


Event | Date: 30.10.2018

Location: Palazzo Roccabruna – Sala Conte di Luna, Via Santa Trinità, 24, Trento

Organized by the Design Research Lab at the University of Trento in collaboration with the Bread-makers’ Association of Trento (Associazione Panificatori), the event presents the goals and concluding results of the “Service Design for Pantrentino” project.

Speakers:
Emanuele Bonafini, President ASPAN
Michele Passerini, Director for Promotion, Protection and Local Development, Chamber of Commerce
Renato Troncon, President, DRLab
Michela Ventin, Coordinator, DRLab, University of Trento

The project was part of a wider methodological proposal from the DRLab, aimed at productive systems, and with the specific aim of supporting actors involved in the productive system for bread across the Trento province. The project was developed according to a procedure and temporal framework expressed through the DRLab format; using the methodology of Service Design, it allowed for the identification of project principle for supporting new strategic actions to privilege “Pantrentino”.

Program:

11:00 – 11:20 Presentations and institutional greetings
Emanuele Bonafini, President, ASPAN
Michele Passerini, Director for Promotion, Protection and Local Development, Chamber of Commerce
Renato Troncon, President, DRLab
11:20 – 12:00 Presentation and results of the project “Service Design for Pantrentino”,
Michela Ventin, Coordinator, DRLab, University of Trento
12:00 – 12:15 Voices from the protagonists
12:15 – 12:30 Conclusions and ways forward


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Results presentation “Service Design for School-Work Alternation”


Event | Date: 19.10.2018

Location: Buonarroti-Pozzo Institute, Aula Magna Mario Mattedi, Via Brigata Acqui, 15 Trento

Organized by the Design Research Lab at the University of Trento in collaboration with the Buonarroti-Pozzo technical high school in Trento, the event presented the goals and concluding results from the “Service Design for the School-Work Program” project.

Speaker:

Michela Ventin, DRLab coordinator, University of Trento

First of its kind, the project was part of a wider methodological project by the DRLab on education and aimed at supporting school-work pathways for the Buonarroti-Pozzo technical high-school through methodologies of Service Design so that businesses, sport clubs, volunteering groups, cultural bodies, local authorities and professional associations can become effective partners with educational high-schools in the Trentino region.

Programme

16:30 – 17:00 Presentation and institutional greetings

17:00 – 18:00 Presentation and results of the project “Service Design for the school-work alternation” Michela Ventin, Coordinator of  DRLab, University of Trento

18:00 – 18:15 The voice of the protagonists

18:15 – 18:30 Conclusions and perspectives


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Design Research


Seminar | Date: 01.10 – 02.10 – 03.10.2018

Location: Department of Humanities, classroom 118 – via Tommaso Gar, 14 Trento 

In a series of three lectures, Tom Bieling will attempt to clarify the concept of Design Research and discuss its relevance and theoretical/practical application. The core argument is that design research offers an entry to conceptualizing the artificial interfaces of design through which we meet the world, which may take many forms such has material objects, virtual spaces, hybrid systems, and social processes.

Speaker:
Dr. des. Tom Bieling, Visiting Professor, Design Research Lab – Universität der Künste Berlin

The first lecture (1.10) will present a framework for conceptualizing Design Research as mainly subdivided into Research about Design, Research for Design, and Research trough Design. Self-evidently, the design of products, technologies, services, systems, virtual worlds and tangible objects always implicitly transmits role models and values. Design and the images it disseminates, often unreflectively, are hence unavoidably political. Thus design is an effective force in shaping not only material culture, but also societal values and human behavior. Investigating on the three above mentioned levels of design research, shall help us to gain a deeper understanding concerning the potentials as well as the pitfalls of design as a ‘critical practice’.

The second lecture (2.10.) will discuss, how digital technology affects the ontology, the aesthetics as well as the (constantly new emerging) fields practice in Design. For instance we will discuss the notion of embodied interaction, as an approach for investigating new forms of interactions between humans and the digital world. Emphasizing the interconnectedness of body and mind, and not least exploring ways of making digital content tangible.

The third lecture (3.10.) will discover how Design (Research) impacts other scientific disciplines, and – even more important – the social field in general. While historically designers have attempted to induce social change by designing objects, today (social) design understands itself as a change agent in a much more direct relation to the social. In that the focus of this lecture will be on questions regarding social transformation, urban communities, participation and engagement, as well as social, cultural, ecological and economical sustainability.

Programme:

Lecture I
Monday, 1. October 2018, 5–8 pm
17.00 – 20.00 Introducing Design Research

Lecture II
Tuesday, 2. October 2018, 5–8 pm
17.00 – 20.00 Applying Design Research

Lecture III
Tuesday, 2. October 2018, 5–8 pm
17.00 – 20.00 Projecting Design Research


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Designing ourselves, the world, and reality


Seminar | Date: 14.06.2018
Venue: Department of Humanities, Room 421 - via Tommaso Gar, 14 Trento

This seminar is for designers, thinkers, and creatives that want to test their assumptions about themselves, the world, and reality in order to better understand the creative process and build better systems and services. It will be argued that most human beings live in two ‘worlds’ – one that is integrated and whole and another that is fragmented and confused. By examining the ways in which we ‘think’ about the landscape in which we live and the way we interact with both it and ourselves, we will explore the question of personal identity, how our past influences our creative capacity, and how our relationships with ourselves and each other ultimately affect the world we build and live within.

Keynote speaker:

Oli Anderson, writer and Chief Design Officer at Design Decode

Programme:
10.15 - 10.30 Greetings by Michela Ventin, DRLab Coordinator
10.30 - 11.15 Strategy or psychology? Design a language
11.15 - 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 - 12.00 Discussion and selection of materials


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Aesthetics and interdisciplinary research


Seminar | Date: 13.06.2018

Location: Department of Humanities, Room 229 – via Tommaso Gar, 14 Trento

The seminar, organized by the Design Research Lab at the Univetsity of Trento, investigates research potentials for aesthetics developed in an interdisciplinary manner through critical theory, visual studies, philosophy of images, perception theory and, not least, complexity theory and design theory. The seminar was organized in collaboration with the journal I Castelli di Yale (http://cyonline.unife.it/).

Speaker

Prof. Leonardo Distaso, University of Naples Federico II

Prof. Andrea Gatti, University of the Studies of Ferrara

Prof. Giuseppe Patella, University of Rome Tor Vergata

Prof. Renato Troncon, University of Trento

Program:

15.30 – 15.45 Presentation and greetings

16.15 – 16.45 Andrea Gatti, Theories of perception and philosophy of images

16.45 – 17.15 Leonardo Distaso, Social aesthetics between critical theory and Visual Studies

17.15 – 17.45 Giuseppe Patella, Aesthetic and cultural turns

17.45 – 18.15 Renato Troncon, Design sciences and philosophy

18.15 – 18.30 Conclusions


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Design Sciences


Seminar | Date: 30.05.2018

Location: Department of Humanities, Room 229 – via Tommaso Gar, 14 Trento

Organized by the Design Research Lab (Trento) and including the presence of professor Tom Bieling of the Design Research Lab (Berlin), the seminar investigated interpretations and controversies around the concept of “design” within different historical and cultural contexts and, specifically, within an evolutionary perspective.

Speakers:

Prof. Tom Bieling, Design Research Lab – Universität der Künste Berlin

Prof. Renato Troncon, Design Research Lab – University of Trento

Dott.ssa. Camilla Robuschi, Design Research Lab – University of Trento

This framework takes into account disciplines and fields of study including philosophy, biosemiotics, cultural theory, media studies, and schools of thought such as positivism, rationalism, constructivism and the new philosophy of science, in order to fully understand and apply design research in its many forms.

Program:

09.30 – 09.45 Introduction and greetings

09.45 – 10.30 Tom Bieling, The idea of design between cultural theory and media studies

10.30 – 10.45 Break

10.45 – 11.30 Renato Troncon, Design and Evolution: The meaning of exaptation

11.30 – 12.00 Camilla Robuschi, The role of code-duality within the creative process in the perspective of biosemiotic studies

12.00 – 12.15 Conclusions