Shaping Future

“Shaping Future” is a research project carried out by Fraunhofer and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Within this project a process model has been created for participatory technology foresight. The research team developed methods to enable people to describe and visualize their future needs and wishes beyond 2025. In a set of workshops the interdisciplinary team engaged about 150 non-specialists in an exploration of their future questions. In the digital age, traditional modes of ideation are being supplemented with an ever-widening variety of new formats that are interactive on more levels, such as “enabling spaces” or “speculative prototypes”. These new formats can also be used to present the results of the co-ideational process to the public in both “traditional” spaces such as showrooms, and “new” spaces such as social media.


Evolving books – Rethinking the classic textbook

The future of the book has changed in the digital age. New technologies offer possibilities to expand the content and to link the book to digital media. New markets and new user groups have become accessible and facilitate an interactive handling with the book. In a co-operative project between Cornelsen Verlag, a Berlin-based publisher, and the Berlin University of the Arts a special issue of a chemistry textbook for upper school students has been developed. The classic textbook has the capacity to guide the student through the digital realm as a navigator, like a map or a compass in the knowledge space. Expanded through Augmented Reality technology this new schoolbook interacts with three-dimensional illustrations and enables collaborative working. The project was funded by the Berlin Ministry of Economy and Technology.

Discover Markets

“Discover Markets” is a research project carried out by Fraunhofer and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project defines new user-centred research strategies and so makes new areas in technology development accessible. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, designers and engineers investigate the needs of the future user prior to development. Stakeholders get involved in early stages of the process to ensure the successful development and marketing of new products and services. Within the framework of Discover Markets different technology fields such as health, materials and energy have been investigated; others will follow. The project will continue until August 2013.
-> Fraunhofer Discover Markets


Designing – Knowing – Producing

“Knowledge” and “Research” have become key terms in Design. Within design research the interdependency between practices of designing, knowing and producing is contemplated in detail. Of particular importance is the context of use, which describes the paradox that the production of knowledge is motivated by social questions but at the same time promotes the commercialization of that knowledge. The interdisciplinary articles of this book show how practical and theoretical knowledge are discussed within this field.

Claudia Mareis, Gesche Joost, Kora Kimpel (eds.)


-> Transcript Verlag 2010