IDW 2021

Re-ACT by Design Re-ACT by Design is the theme of an annual series of international workshop weeks for master students architecture, interior architecture, product development, heritage studies, urbanism and spatial planning, of the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp as well as for students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of the APUniversity College. “ It might be said that what is offered in research and education should be determined by the challenges that are being articulated in the lines of fracture of society itself.”1 The aimof the international workshop weeks is to explore the power and capacity of design to tackle those lines of fracture and socially engage by design. Beyond re-search by design, students and tutors re-act by design. How can design education not only address students, but also address those lines of fracture, and induce debates, provoke questions, and set an agenda? The workshop is open to radical pedagogical experiences, which open the eyes, change sides and widen thinking. It stimulates crossing disciplinary boundaries. It provides a forum for international exchange and it is an informal platform for discussing arts and design education and their agency. Since 2020, IDW focuses on what is seen as the most epic construction project of Antwerp in theXXI century: the capping of the ring road. If the ring road is seen as an almost literal line of fracture, how can the capping of the road then be seen as sealing the fracture, and setting an agenda towards a better world? 1 Simons, M. (2006). ‘Education Through Research’ at European Universities: Notes on the Orientation of Academic Research. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 40(1), 31-50. common common common common common common common common common s ly ish ism ing er sense wealth ground 1