Designing for our future is difficult: what might be new technologies, what are new trends, what kind of products and services will succeed on the market? We don’t presently know the answers to these questions, but we know worldwide growth will have an impact on the future of our children. As designers, we must become more aware of the impact we cause in a complex world we do not fully understand. In the words of Meadows et al. (1972) from the famous book “The Limits to Growth”: “the global system of nature in which we all live – probably cannot support present rates of economic and population growth much beyond the year 2100, if that long, even with advanced technology.”
We invite and challenge you to join this unavoidable discussion during ICED19’s – Responsible Design for our Future. ICED19 will focus on engineering design in collaboration with other disciplines as the backbone of our future – a future that seems to become more complex, more dynamic, more interactive, and more time-critical. We must learn to replace short term thinking by an integrated view on people’s quality of life on a long-term scale.
Delft University of Technology is celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2017. The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. This reflects a long tradition in doing design research, educating students and collaborating with professional design engineers. Whilst we reflect on the past, we learn in the present with the aim of building a responsible future.
Let’s make Delft the arena where researchers and practitioners with an interdisciplinary mindset can bring together different perspectives to address a common goal: striving for responsible innovation. Only with a shift towards long-term thinking can we achieve a higher quality of life that integrates cultural, social, technological, economic, environmental and educational developments.
We look forward to welcoming you at ICED19!