The readership’s objective is to develop design research and reinforce the knowledge base of teaching design at Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE). The readership’s central focus is on the development, planning and design of spaces in city and countryside.

Reader (lector): dr. David Hamers.

Design education

The readership in City and Countryside aims to introduce knowledge from spatial research (findings, theory, concepts, methods, backgrounds, et cetera) in design education. Such knowledge will help designers to position themselves:

  • in the social context in which they operate;
  • in the context of spatial planning, development and design;
  • in the context of policy making.

The readership’s contribution to design education focuses on the curriculum of DAE’s Public Private department. This department focuses on the design of public, parochial and private spaces and domains. The readership’s teaching program aims to offer insights into a range of concepts, skills and methods, including:

  •  concepts of spatial planning;
  •  design traditions;
  •  current planning and design challenges;
  •  the representation of spaces, places, and connections;
  •  the relationship between town and country, public and private, and interiors and exteriors;
  •  the relationships between the various disciplines in spatial research and design;
  •  research skills that can be used in the design process (research for design);
  •  design skills that can contribute to (design) research (research through design).

David Hamers’ activities include giving lectures and workshops, inviting guest teachers, organising field trips and supervising Public Private graduate students. Hamers’ DAE-wide contribution to teaching includes giving lectures open to students from all departments.

Design research

The readership aims to develop design research at DAE. The central approach is so-called thinking-through-making. Within DAE David Hamers works together with Bas Raijmakers (reader in Strategic Creativity) to shape the development of design research.

Outside DAE David Hamers works with a variety of external academic and non-academic partners to conduct design research. Currently, the readership is a partner in the TRADERS project.

Further reading:
For more information about TRADERS
see the project website.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 608299.