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Design Shift, System Shift: A design thinker’s multimodal approach to urban education 


Tiffany KYSER


Design Shift: System Shift: A Design Thinker’s Multimodal Approach to Urban
Education examines and links, via a multimodal lens, the ways in which
systemic solutions can be reached in urban education through the design
process. This paper aims to imbue and transpose design theory in the
educational space. When viewed critically, the lineage of designs that have
resulted in our contemporary urban educational systems are ripe with flawed,
inequitable, bureaucratically entrenched, systemic short-comings that do not
adequately serve or address the needs of all students, families, and
communities. This paper utilizes diverse texts to trend pervasive
sociopolitical, socioeconomic, and axiological tensions and discusses how the
design of public education is ill equipped to halt this continued trend. It also
critiques the current design of public education, offering a salient
alternative—a design methodology marked for its ability to frame complex
problems and utilize a multi-disciplinary, collaborative style to create
solutions which could help best fit the need of those who interface with
systemic design flaws. Design—a term defined by John Heskett in Toothpicks
and Logos: Design In Everyday Life, most often relegated to aesthetics (p.
1)—is subverted in this context, moving away from commonplace boundaries
of design into a sphere where the sophisticated nexus of human behavior,
desires, values, and interactions are tapped.


PUBLISHED: Proceedings from the The 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, 2014


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