DERC presents visiting associate professor, Wendy Gunn (SDU Design, University of Southern Denmark).
Wendy's lecture builds upon three years post-doctoral research focusing on the interrelations between human perception, creativity and skill and eleven years of research in the field of design anthropology.
Wendy Gunn's research inquiry is informed by a problematization of existing notions of sustainability and intervention within design processes and practices. Throughout Wendy's research in design anthropology (2005-ongoing), she has given focus to the affects that design processes and practices have on people who engage with products, buildings and urban landscapes. This has been underpinned by a longer-term aim to understand how sensory experience and perceptual acuity can be incorporated as parameters during engineering and architectural design processes and material practices. Central to this inquiry, Wendy will argue it is necessary to make partial connections between the movements of designing and movements of ongoing intra-action. In the fields of engineering and architectural design, I ask what kind of forms and material practices could we imagine being made in the future based upon this proposition? One proposition, for example, might be to consider the making of non-object orientated forms operating across the fields of energy, health and environment. In Wendy's lecture, she will focus on the movement of collaborative research inquiry into engineering and architectural design processes towards making such non-object orientated forms.
Central issues here are to: identify anthropological methodologies and theoretical concepts that would support future making practices in engineering and architectural design; define, describe and discuss forms of engineering and architectural design practice that would support future making practices; further development of aspects of visual and sensorial ethnography whereby designing is the process of collaborative research inquiry. Tracing the movement of collaborative research inquiry into engineering and architectural design processes, Wendy will provide examples of a series of attempts to bring design processes and practices closer to people's sensory experience and perceptual acuity. In so doing, Wendy draws upon observations, descriptions and propositions of forms and future making material practices generated through three multidisciplinary research projects concerning indoor climate and quality of life (2008-2011), design of the electricity SMART grid (2012-2014) and the involvement of biotechnology for improving air quality in hospitals (2014-ongoing).
Wendy Gunn is Associate Professor at SDU Design, University of Southern Denmark (2005-ongoing). As a researcher, she has extensive experience of conducting collaborative research as part of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary design teams involving both the private and public sectors. Central to her research is a close connection between theory and practice, research and teaching. Recent publications include: Gunn, W. (in press). Collaborative Forms. In Bunn, S (ed), Anthropology and Beauty: From Aesthetics to Creativity. London: Routledge. Gunn, W and Donovan, J. Eds. 2016 (2012). Design and Anthropology. Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception, vol. 5. London: Routledge. Clausen, C. and Gunn, W. 2015. From the social shaping of technology to the staging of temporary spaces of participatory innovation- A case of participatory innovation. In Williams, R, Liff, S. and Winskel, M (eds), The Politics of Innovation for Environmental Sustainability: Celebrating the Contribution of Stewart Russell (1955–2011): Second Part, Science & Technology Studies, Vol. 28 (1), pp.73-94. Gunn, W and Løgstrup, L. B. 2014. Participatory observation, anthropology methodology and design anthropology research inquiry. In Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 13 (4) pp. 428-442. Gunn, W and Clausen, C. 2013. Conceptions of innovation and practice: designing indoor climate. In Gunn, W. Otto, T and Smith, R.C (eds), Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 159-179.