Design and Anticipation

When Design Shapes Possible Futures

Anticipation and design are both future-oriented activities, although they usually operate in different environments and, as a consequence, their aims and means are (partially) different. Design cultures are able to go beyond the existing ambience; they innovate by shaping objectives and indicating directions of change. Design cultures overlap with futures studies in many different ways: both are future-oriented, both serve people and social institutions, both deal with uncertainty, fuzziness, complexity and cultural issues. Both design and futures studies negotiate the needs of different stakeholders, aiming at developing more complete and integral viewpoints.

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Selection process

In the first instance abstracts will be double blind reviewed and (if selected) all papers and abstracts will be gathered in proceedings with ISBN. After the conference we’ll ask all the participant to provide the extended version of the paper that will be peer-reviewed and, during this process,  some outstanding paper will be selected for high level journals (Future, Forecasting, Axiomathes…).


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