Scoping “Future Fabrication” – we welcome your input

DDC is exploring design’s role in today’s era of advanced production, investigating new currents in advanced technology and maker culture that have the potential to disrupt and enrich the Danish Industry. Together with our surroundings we want to develop a new platform that will look at advanced fabrication technologies through a design-prism under the title: Future Fabrication ( #FutureFab).

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Developing this new platform, will be a co-creative and open process where we seek for and encourage new inputs and perspectives from our surrounding, trying to seek answers to questions of how production in Denmark can transform and adapt to the challenges of today. In the coming months – our scoping phase – our ambition is to explore potentials and perspectives by consulting a broad spectrum of organisations, businesses and individuals as well as organize meetings, workshops and public seminars. All this will lead towards potentially establishing a large-scale action-oriented platform in the DDC platform portfolio in 2016 and beyond.

We have already identified four exciting topics that stand out in relevance and urgency and therefore will be the focal point for this autumn development proces. (listed here in no particular order):

#1 Can we revitalize production in rural areas?

Across the world we see a steady depopulation of rural areas and talents heading towards the larger cities, leaving rural areas under-resourced and challenged. How might advanced fabrication tools help reverse this tendency ? Can we reutilize abandoned production space in the rural areas, inspire local engagement as well as create new low-cost production facilities and entrepreneurial opportunities? How can we link future potential with the abandoned complexes of our industrial past?

#2 How can we create  sustainable business models based on open-source sharing?

Maker culture is driven by knowledge sharing and, as a result, new economies are emerging in the open source movement. We want to investigate ways to overcome challenges in IP-driven business as well as explore open business development of the sharing economy. This naturally plays into more global challenges of bridging the gaps in global knowledge and resource inequality.

#3 Can design thinking stimulate innovation in new production fields?

Designers have an ability to systematically create insight into the user needs of a product and to transform these insights into tangible solutions – therefore designers compose an invaluable resource in product development and production processes. But how can we best apply design thinking into the development of new production fields, such as, for instance, IoT (Internet of Things)? We want to explore new models for partnerships between industry-related businesses and designers, as well as to share knowledge and cases on how designers can dramatically increase innovation in these developing markets.

#4 Should designers become makers?

Digital is no longer limited to screens and canvases. There is a need for designers to master new technologies and the process of manufacturing in order to remain at the forefront of new design currents, tools and methodologies. In other words we would like to help ensure that designers can be involved in all of the advanced fabrication process, from ideation to production.

Join the conversation

So, if any of these themes tickle your interest and you feel like contributing to the conversation or otherwise get involved, please get in touch with us over the next few weeks by emailing Julie on jhj@ddc.dk and Christian on cvi@ddc.dk – or by pinging us on twitter using the #futurefab hashtag. We’re keen to discover new perspectives, gain new insights that will help shape the future of this program and in general just learn about all the great initiatives that are out there. Come join us!

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