MIC Conference 2021

Designing the emergence of creativity in multidisciplinary contexts

Pubblicato: 10 settembre 2021 | design talk


KEY WORDS: creativity, design, design for health  

Disciplines nowadays operate in more complex areas. This leads to a reflection on structure, role and relationships of contemporary disciplines. Disciplinary action (and more specifically the project), is undergoing a transformation at the point of limits and boundaries, passing from a linear to a non-linear vision, and from vertical to horizontal. Today disciplines redistribute themselves, together with the others, around the problem, too complex to be solved by a single point of view.   

Design practices have long recognized these approaches of multidisciplinary connections among apparently distant fields. See for example one of its most recent evolutions in the field of Data Visualization where the Designer together with specialists in Data Science cooperates, enriching themselves with new skills and knowledge.   

The same approach is taken in other contexts such as the design of systemic processes, medical services and devices, or urban development. 

Several interpretations about the role of creativity in multidisciplinary collaboration contexts have been developed so far. According to Oxman in his famous article Age of Entanglement, each of the modalities of human creativity (Science, Engineering, Design and Art), is part of a cycle where intellectual energy is created at the transition moment from one to another.   

The contribution aims to provide an overview, through multidisciplinary case studies, of the relationships between the modalities of creativity in Science, Engineering, Design and Art, where creativity is understood not as a uniquely codified element but as an "activating implicit flow".