The Science of Imagining Solutions: Design Becoming Conscious of Itself Through Design.

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Abstract

While all design products bring an immediate value to our lives, they also show us how things (in the widest sense of that word) could be different: “Could interacting with friends be like this?”, “Could mobility be like this?” etc. Considering the many ways in which design conditions and shapes our everyday lives, seen as a whole, design truly speaks to possibility: “Could living be like this?” This dissertation explores this capacity in design through a series of projects, all addressing problem areas where possibility is currently curtailed: global mass surveillance, smart cities, and more.