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  1. The political body as a fulcrum for radical imagination in metadesign

    The political body as a fulcrum for radical imagination in metadesign

    Abstract: The political role of the body in metadesign is often underestimated, due to a lack of imagination regarding contemporary body and identity politics. This research reports on a democratic design experiment organized by design students to unleash radical imagination in metadesign. Students imagined a socially engaged design practice that welcomed dissensus as a source […] - Nov 9, 2020
  2. Creativity


    30 hours – Graphic Design — UTFPR The course is based on two theories: Cultural-Historical Theory of Creativity (Vygotsky) and Socio-Spatial Theory of Creativity (Lefebvre). These are presented in the following videos. Students are at their first semester, still realizing what they have gotten into. The course aims at exciting them with the creative possibilities […] - Mar 28, 2020
  3. Designing Metaobjects for Collaboration, Participation and Debate

    Designing Metaobjects for Collaboration, Participation and Debate

    This research theoretically develops and empirically tests the concept of metaobject in design projects with special needs for collaboration, participation, or debate. Metaobjects are objects that represent and support the design of new objects in metadesign processes, such as a sketch, a model, or a prototype. In design projects, metaobjects must represent multiple perspectives and […] - Mar 25, 2020
  4. Sustainable design

    Sustainable design

    Sustainable design (Design Theory 4) is a regular 30-hour course from the Design bachelor at UTFPR. My approach for this class was to avoid discussing sustainability as a technical issue and rather to deal with the political challenges of sustainability, the crisis of modernity, and the Anthropocene, in a similar way it was done in […] - Jun 11, 2019
  5. How to knit spatial layout with workflow

    How to knit spatial layout with workflow

    After realizing that the use situation is more complicated than what they thought, the managers from the CMI project organized a second user workshop to check if the current floor plan fits the workflow of scanning patients in machines such as EGG, PET-MRI, MRI, and CT. In the last workshop, a lot of time was […] - Oct 2, 2012
  6. The uses of the human body in CAD

    The uses of the human body in CAD

    Yesterday I was in Germany for a collaborative meeting with some researchers working with computing and spation reasoning. I presented a poster outlining the challenges of my PhD research. Schloss Etelsen, the venue, couldn’t be better for reflecting about space abstract modeling. Look at the site: Coincidence or not, the 19th century castle had been […] - Jul 1, 2011
  7. Co-creation tools for Architecture

    Co-creation tools for Architecture

    Today I found a very nice example of what I’m researching in my PhD program. Liz Sanders is a well know practitioner that have written mainly about using expressive tools for users to collaborate in design process. Her papers always have some colorful pictures like that: Today I discovered through a record talk she gave […] - Jun 28, 2011
  8. Tools for concrete collaboration

    Tools for concrete collaboration

    The traditional free meeting model for participation where supposedly every stakeholder can talk about their concerns often doesn’t satisfy the participants, for many reasons. The consensus is built up on participant’s fatigue; when one give up discussing a project stake not because she start to agree, but because she’s too tired to discuss it. This […] - Apr 29, 2011