Inter-disciplinary "Research+Business" Collaboration as a New Design Practice

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A ‘multidisciplinary nature’ of a design “research + business” practice can be a model for a metropolitan like Hong Kong with leading talents in the fields of design and business, utilizing existing technology such as Parametric Design, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and System Design. The high degree of automation, accuracy and efficient productivity can assist design fabrication and expedite processes of generating and managing data, encouraging more research and business collaborations to be formulated in a global network. The multidisciplinary collaborations can motivate cultural exchange by establishing more connectivity between designers and academia in all disciplines to generate specific improvements to health care and the built environment which share great synergies with the design disciplines. As a result, new categories of practices can emerge and more community stakeholders can take part in the design process. This proposed “research + business” design practice in its turn can rouse more interest and debates around broader notions of how the work of design industries go beyond traditional practice structures, challenging the nature of the designers and the profession’s education, canon, dialect and potentials. This new theory also diversifies ways of thinking about business and research, expanding institutional capacity to co-ordinate. It is pertinent for this concept to answer how design can emerge with a new design dialectic. How do designers structure the most effective model of practice in order to make new discovery? How can designers reclaim the role of innovators for our tomorrow? Such quests remain central to the future of the design profession, which urgently need the address from the comparative agencies of design and educational institutions in order to think outside of traditional mode and adapt a more speculative or unusual modes of designing our communities by embracing an interdisciplinary “research + business” practice.

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Conference Proceedings, The Global Design Network under Business of Design Week (BODW)

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