Research areas

Historical Memory and Cultural Construction of the Art and the Design 

This line originates with the historiographical interest in connecting design with our past, in the search for a cultural identity in a globalized world. It is history that creates identity, which is misrepresented when the proper historical context is ignored. All forms of design become more transient, dynamic and changing. This has caused us to lose the notion of our cultural identities. Moreover, it is in our interest to support the rescue of the cultural heritage of design in order to consolidate and expand our identity. To speak of identity is to search for our sources of inspiration. However, are we aware of our responsibility as designers, as ‘cultural creators’, to nurture and expand these values in future generations?

Co-ordination: Dr. Jorge L. Marzo

Pedagogy and Design

The main objective of this line is to find a specific pedagogical foundation in the field of design that allows one to focus, in a common and international framework, on the active experimental methodologies that are applied, in many cases, without a clear awareness of their outcome; to research into the different forms of interaction between design and its learning while relating both parameters to changing social interests, and studying how these changes may affect design and pedagogy; to enhance the participation of the Faculty in activities related to innovation in teaching , and also to promote the exchange of the results of this research with other pedagogical research teams.

Co-ordination: Dr. Mariona Genís Vinyals