Summer Xskool, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, IDKS02 2014 4.5 credits and IDKS03 2015 7.5 credits

Farmers’ markets as hubs of knowledge exchange? Food waste as social enterprise? Blue-green systems as social assets? Food is the theme of the 2014 Summer Xskool – through food, we get hands-on in with sustainable development and design. We explore how design can help people interact with living and edible systems in ways that help both of them thrive. We will craft and test small actions that effect larger social-, economic- and eco-systems. And we will do this by learning, designing and collaborating in the unique nature reserve of the Stockholm archipelago!

The aim of the Summer Xskool is to introduce an approach to design for sustainable development that departs from local context and issues. This is achieved together with leading international experts. The course involves collaborative creation of design proposals for sustainable futures, involving artifacts, systems and/or platforms as a significant force of change, transition and transformation.

Summer Xskool is a partnership between Konstfack and John Thackara, a world reknowned expert in sustainable development and social innovation. The course is situated locally in Sweden during 1 workshop week, when students and teachers from Sweden and internationally share their experiences, learn and apply their knowledge to the site. Besides this workshop week, the course is 'distance' work through email and the course webpage. 34 bachelor, master and PhD students in the 2014 Xskool came from Konstfack, the Art Academy of Latvia (LT), Academy of Fine Arts Poznan (PL), Beckmans College of Design, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Det Konglige Danska Kunstakademi (DK), École Nationale superleure d'architecture de Nantes (FR), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, Malmö University, Mittuniversitet, Stockholm University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and Uppsala University.

Image (above)
Photo of 'taster' by Dirtea group during the workshop week of Xskool 2014

My role
I am the course leader of the Summer Xskool in 2014 and 2015. My responsibilities include: development of course syllabi and descriptions, content and scope for 4.5 and 7.5 credits; admissions, partner schools, course website for distance learning, management of the workshop week, budget; coordinating faculty to create the course handbook, schedule, pedagogic models and teaching formats; communication with faculty and students often at a distance. Teaching including creating, tutoring and grading distance assignments, lectures and tutoring during the workshop week, reviews and exams.

More about the course
Documentation of Summer Xskools 2013 and 2014
Summer Xskool Facebook page
Review in Design Observer
Review in Doors of Perception

See also

/ Teaching / MFA Design program