Title: The 'culture medium' in design education
Authors: Strickfaden, Megan
Heylighen, Ann
Rodgers, Paul
Neuckermans, Herman #
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Host Document: Crossing Design Boundaries pages:59-63
Conference: Engineering and Product Design Education Conference edition:3 location:Edinburgh date:15-16 September 2005
Abstract: Design solutions do not occur in a vacuum. They are nourished by a breeding ground
that embraces various substances, phenomena and traces, all of which function as raw
material for concept generation and ultimately for design. Perhaps an appropriate name
for this breeding ground is ‘culture medium’, which combines the notion of cultural
baggage that individuals and groups hold as part of their make-up, with the idea of a
seedbed for growing micro-organisms. This paper examines the composition of this
‘culture medium’ and how it functions in the context of design education through
reporting two unrelated, yet content-wise connected studies. The first results from indepth
interviews with experienced design tutors, the second is comprised of an
ethnographically oriented study with a group of design students. Combining, comparing
and contrasting information gathered in these two studies, reveals some interesting
insights about the ‘culture medium’ that is valued by tutors and students.
ISBN: 0 415 39118 0
VABB publication type: VABB-5
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Department of Architecture - miscellaneous
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