About FTRS

The ini­tial­iza­tion project FTRS aims at estab­lish­ing new and expand­ing exist­ing  knowl­edge and research land­scapes between var­i­ous fields in design and the social sci­ences through three inter­wo­ven areas:   stud­ies, research, labs. For­ward-look­ing the­o­ret­i­cal, method­olog­i­cal, and ped­a­gog­i­cal approach­es as well as ways of teach­ing and research are par­tic­u­lar­ly rel­e­vant in the process of devel­op­ing the over­all project.

The project is con­ceived as inter-insti­tu­tion­al coop­er­a­tions with local, nation­al, and inter­na­tion­al aca­d­e­m­ic and cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions which togeth­er form a peer-net­work. We delib­er­ate­ly choose FuTuReS in its plur­al and the asso­ci­at­ed ambi­gu­i­ty and mul­ti-tem­po­ral­i­ty, which the par­tic­i­pat­ing dis­ci­plines nego­ti­ate in dif­fer­ent ways in rela­tion to futures and futu­ri­ty (of mate­ri­al­i­ties, bod­ies, spaces, ecolo­gies, etc).

FTRS | Labs

For us, a lab is an explorato­ry space for trans­dis­ci­pli­nary ways of know­ing and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary meth­ods. It is also a space where new for­mats of research, teach­ing, and col­lab­o­ra­tion are devel­oped and pro­to­types imple­ment­ed in a com­mu­ni­ty of prac­tice.

Around a core group (from stu­dents to pro­fes­sors), we col­lab­o­rate with a chang­ing num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in the lab and its var­i­ous for­mats for project-based stays of var­i­ous length. With a grow­ing team, we are invest­ed in cre­at­ing syn­er­gies between research, teach­ing, and super­vi­sion efforts with peers, and fos­ter­ing exchanges between sci­ence and pub­lic.

FTRS | Studies

Inquiry-based teach­ing and learn­ing enables an inter­weav­ing of the­o­ry, method­ol­o­gy, analy­sis and inter­pre­ta­tion, and research rep­re­sen­ta­tion and prac­tice expe­ri­ences. Stu­dents par­tic­i­pate, observe, and con­tribute to research. In addi­tion, a ser­vice learn­ing approach relates to exchanges and col­lab­o­ra­tion with com­mu­ni­ties, cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions, and actors in var­i­ous design fields, putting our aca­d­e­m­ic work in the ser­vice for sci­ence-with-pub­lic events and efforts.


FTRS | Research

Research is mul­ti-tem­po­ral — it is in the moment, ret­ro­spec­tive and prospec­tive at the same time. Years of exper­tise of par­tic­i­pants from the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal projects come togeth­er and enable new spaces of explo­ration and learn­ing to answer cur­rent and for­ward-look­ing ques­tions. Accord­ing­ly, research in the FTRS project is mul­ti-vocal, col­lab­o­ra­tive, and trans­dis­ci­pli­nary in nature.