Design as systems of knowledge

Granberg, E 2012, Design as systems of knowledge, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Architecture and Design, RMIT University.

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Title Design as systems of knowledge
Author(s) Granberg, E
Year 2012
Abstract This research focuses on the act of making, based on, and conducted through, parts of my design praxis. In this I have been interested primarily in two, interrelated aspects: the designer as an anthropologist—design as the knowledge of societies; and the designer as a craftsman—design as the knowledge of how to put things together. I understand both of these activities as instances—makings—where statements are produced and transmitted. My research has been directed towards:

• What statements are involved in the act of making?
• How and why are these statements produced?
• How and by what are these statements transmitted and maintained?
• How and why do these statements bring together objects, languages, and bodies as well as activities, phenomena, and ultimately societies?

As a practical underlay for the research, I have created and framed eight different design laboratories—here presented as individual works. These laboratories are instances (in my existing portfolio) where I have framed, found and/or unearthed structures of statements; as well as new instances where I have created and transmitted statements. Common to all the design laboratories is the element of full-scale exploration in which research has been done through the very act of making, rather than through merely representing or observing makings.

This research has been conducted from two ends, sometimes carelessly called, practical and theoretical. Subsequently, I have created this document as two separated but interconnected publications; similar to how the different sides of this research are seen to complement and reflect each other, the two documents seek to create an inseparable whole. They are cross-referential: in a reading of one of the documents it is the intention that the contra part serves as a reference.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Design
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