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Read about our most recent events here. We like to experiment and innovate with pedagogy.

Are you curious for more? Would you like to get in touch? Feel free to contact our lead directly for any questions or inquiries you may have. tikvah@studioblended.com +31 6 42 47 29 69

We are here especially for you as unique course/training coordinator, to come alongside you and partner with you, as you work on a (architecture / urban / development / policy / land / water / climate) curriculum, so that you can offer effective and resilient education in all simplicity.


Image: a co-lab between Tikvah Breimer and Lucas Rampazzo to visualize and transform our understanding of a paradigm shift - and transitions. Use of original hype cycle and X-curve with permission by authors, Davidson and Drift respectively. Find their reference below. Click to expand.

Keywords

Curriculum design, interdisciplinary, technical, future generations, Japanese Future Design experiment, Design thinking, co-design, imagining, envisioning, paradigm shifts, transition, future literacy, adaptation, exploratory.

Imagination at work session /

UDCW workshop Rotterdam,
UCCRN_edu network

June 6, 2024



A playground that factors in future generations of students, to imagine a climate curriculum of the future around ‘flood risk’.


 9:30 - 13:00 CEST/GMT+2 session
14:00 - 17:30 CEST/GMT+2 multiplyer event
Amsterdam timezone
20 Master student participants of the Urban Design Climate Workshop (UDCW) Rotterdam.


Slide: the imagination at work session at the UDCW Workshop Rotterdam, UCCRN_edu network

Synopsis
Future generations of students cannot influence the education they will receive on climate change, while today’s university researchers and lecturers who decide on such curricula tend to be focused on the present. They may design the curriculum based on pressing contemporary global environmental problems and current dominant paradigms in their domains. They may even primarily design courses and degrees that sell well in the market of applicants. They may be biased towards knowledge curricula - or skills based education.

It is essential tough to be strategic with climate curricula in order to be relevant, authentic, and responsive to new generations, and ensure their impact for action in the world. While future generations of students have no rights or representation in the decision-making today on climate education – their voices may hold important clues for innovation.

Understanding how to reconcile this disconnect with future generations is important for resolving intergenerational issues in our world today such as sustainability and swelling government debt. We should equip future generations well for the challenges they will be facing – as citizens of the world, and as professionals in their future jobs.

Japanese future design experiment
What would happen to a climate curriculum if we incorporated the needs of future generations of students? Surely such an experiment would break down today’s dominant paradigms and lead us to recognise what new ways of thinking and being are emerging.

Coping with this important issue, we propose a Japanese “Future Design experiment”. We set out to engage the viewpoints and interests of “imaginary future student generations” in decision making on what goes in - and out - of a climate curriculum.

Today’s experiment is a ceremonial roleplay between two generations: a group who represents current 40+ course and degree coordinators, and a group who represents future students – the teenagers (round 1) and children (round 2) of today who are not yet being heard in present-day decision-making about curricula.

Together we will imagine an interdisciplinary curriculum design for flood risk in Rotterdam, coming from the fields of 1) architecture/planning, 2) technical water professionals, and 3) whatever discipline or capability the participants deem essential to imagine.

The assignment activates prior knowledge of what was learnt so far in the workshop, and is authentic: at 14:00 the students bring their design into the multiplyer event.

Envisioned learning outcomes:
Future literacy, adaptability, exploratory thinking (see Joint Research Centre 2022, the European Sustainability Competence Framework

Imagination - part of a growth mindset (see Accenture, New Skills Now)

Understanding paradigm shifts – particularly the X curve for transition [see infographic above and references below].

Youth voice.

Output brought into the multiplyer event:
An interdisciplinary curriculum design for flood risk, covering a sketch of the: 
- Issue
- Disciplines
- Guiding questions
- Big ideas
- Body of knowledge and understandings
- Skills
- and Human capabilities
[see also our page on technical resilience

This output is first drawn on the wall in a hands-on manner, and then brought into the multiplyer event in the form of a Japanese pechakucha presentation.

The session gave a great insight into long term visions and how to include them in a strategy. Student participant

I learnt to change my perspective. Sometimes it’s necessary to remember that we, as architects, are planning and designing for the whole community (that includes children, teenagers, elderly and 40+) and it’s fundamental including their point of view. Student participant

I learnt how to produce something quickly, use time as a challenge. Student participant

I learnt more about how to construct/design a course! Which I didn’t know at all. Student participant


I enjoyed deconstructing the work done in the previous days. Student participant

I liked the roleplay and the relationship between different age groups. I learnt to think not as a researcher. Student participant

Session lead:
Tikvah Breimer (MSc MAEd MSc)
Lead and Founder StudioBlended
Independent senior advisor, Teacher Trainer


Graphics:
Lucas Rampazzo (MA)
Graphic designer
Online learning environments art designer

StudioBlended

Dissemination:
Paolo Destilo (BSc)
Host and Podcast Producer
@europematters_ podcast Young European Ambassador BUILDEU2
StudioBlended

Coordinators UCCRN_edu workshop Rotterdam:
Dr. William Veerbeek
Senior Lecturer in Flood Resilience
IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education

Francesca Rizetto (MArc, MSc) Researcher at TU-Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Prof. dr. Chris Zevenbergen
Professor of Flood Resilience of Urban Systems
IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education


Supporters:
Erasmus+ Horizon Europe

IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education

Resilient Delta Initiative

UCCRN European Hub


Inspirations: Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Japan

Kochi University of Technology Research Institute for Future Design Japan, founded by Tatsuyoshi Saijo


Kobayashi 2018 ‘How to represent the interests of future generations now’, VOX EU

European democracy hub

Here come the Time Rebels! Japan’s Future Design Movement shows how to factor future generations into our politics

StudioBlended 2022 Japanese Future Design Model going into a Synchronous Pedagogical Audio Playground

Ketonen-Oksi, Sanna & Minna Vigren 2024 Methods to imagine transformative futures. An integrative literature review. Futures 157 (1):103341 DOI:10.1016/j.futures.2024.103341. [open access]

References infographic
:
Davidson, Forbes 1999. Conceptual Cycles in Urban Development Management; are we getting better and better – or just going round in circles? Implications for Capacity Building and Research. N-Aerus (Network Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South) conference, Venice.  

Hebinck, A., Diercks, G., von Wirth, T. et al. 2002. An actionable understanding of societal transitions: the X-curve framework. Sustain Sci 17, 1009–1021.

Silverstri, Giorgia, Diercks, Gijs & Christian Matti 2022. X-curve, a sense making tool to foster collective narratives on system change. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Drift for Transition.


STUDIOBLENDED

We are here especially for you as unique professional, to come alongside you and partner with you, as you work on a (architecture / urban / development / policy / land / water / climate) curriculum, so that you can offer effective and resilient education in its simplest form.





Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, seen with new eyes - from the sea. By the talented Lucas Rampazzo.

February 25, Friday, 2022 - Our event in the Conference on the Future of Europe. Also featured in the Dutch newspaper NRC, Future Affairs Newsletter on January 1, 2022.

Find the guide for the Japanese Future Design Model going into a synchronous audio playground here.

For a quick access to the dialogue and debate ignition on the topic, find our 4 pager here.

Our report is avaiable here

The scoping paper on envisioning blended higher education in post-lockdown Europe is available open-source here


Keywords

Higher education, university, lecturers, teacher training, resilience, North/South divide, South/South, capacity development, Europe, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece, policy, economics, governance, COVID-19, post lock-down.

#theFutureisYours #CoFoE #EuthPages #Erasmus #ErasmusPlus



Conference on the Future of Europe Event /

Resilience and the (non)sense of teacher training for university teachers in the South of Europe

February 25, 2022



A dialogue and debate at the intersection of generations,
and northern and southern Europe.


14:00 - 17:00 CEST/GMT+1
Amsterdam / Italy timezone
Invitation via Email
Confirmation via Eventbride (includes calendar invitation and ZOOM link)

Note 4 February 2022: Tickets sold out. Unless you received an exclusive invitation, personally, we closed the tickets, and are curating the groups. Keep an eye on the products that come out of the event and pilot.

Synopsis
We carefully select a pool of shortlisted young university teaching staff, as well as seasoned university teachers and experts, in northern and southern Europe, and per exclusive invitation offer them the opportunity to contribute to the largest citizen-consultation ever in Europe - the Conference on the Future of Europe.

We invite them to engage in dialogues and debates with each other, around ‘resilience and the (non)sense of teacher training for university teachers. The outcomes of the dialogues and debates are reported to the European Parliament.

The majority of the time is reserved for actual interactions with the purpose of reaching policy recommendations for younger generations of university teachers in (Southern) Europe over the coming decades.

Japanese future design analogue model going synchronous
The event we envision is not merely a discussion. Find our guide here.

We are creating a synchronous universe of audio playgrounds which is an education unto itself.

At the heart of the event is the conversation between young university teachers from the South of Italy - University of Naples Federico II (DiarC / UNINA) - and other universities in Italy and Spain - student assistants, PhD candidates, lecturers on temporary contracts - and the educational experts and lecturers with more established careers (either from the North or South of Europe).

The purpose is to ignite qualitative and lively interactions, dialogues and debates between these groups, across generations and regions of the South of Europe. To take the individual experience and expertise, into the collective, the systemic, the adaptive.

Thereby we approach the North and South of Europe without compartmentalising the regions, but rather seeing the fluidity of their borders, and exploring each other’s worlds, history, present experiences, needs, ideas and hopes. You can see this beautifully reflected in the graphic art created especially for the event, in which we see the South with new eyes, from the sea, and as a single borderless line.

Envisioned outcomes:
- Policy recommendations for younger generations of teachers for the coming decades in (Southern) Europe, for the European Parliament as part of this deliberate democratic event.

- New professional connections, that intersect generations and north and south - and beyond.

Outputs follow organically after the event:
- Report for GaragErasmus/European Parliament

Spin-off
- A pilot project with our open access Audio podcast teacher training ‘How to design an effective and resilient curriculum’.

Event lead / Moderators:
Tikvah Breimer (MSc MAEd MSc)
Lead and Founder StudioBlended
Independent senior advisor, Teacher Trainer

Event lead, Lead of the experiment with the Japanese Future Design Time-rebels model going synchronous for pedagogical purposes (see below).
Ambassador Erasmus + Generation


Paolo Destilo (BSc)
Host and Podcast Producer

StudioBlended

Coordinator & advisor young teachers
Enza Tersigni (PhD) (Research Fellow)University of Naples Federico II (UNINA)Department of Architecture (DiARC)
Member Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Co-proponent Erasmus + UCCRN-EDU project

Senior advisor in the South
Mattia Leone (Associate Professor) University of Naples Federico II (UNINA)
Department of Architecture (DiARC)
Senior Researcher PLINIVS-LUPT Study Centre of UNINA
Co-Director Urban Climate Change Research Network - European Hub (UCCRN)
Secretary
Green Building Council Italy Chapter Campania-Calabria
Lead Erasmus + UCCRN-EDU project

Opening
Laila Bouallouch (MSc MSc)
Policy Advisor Future of Work
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
,
The Netherlands


Co-moderators
Geoffrey Payne
Architect, Senior lecturer, Housing and Urban Development senior consultant
Geoffrey Payne and Associates
World Bank advisor
London, UK

John Cropper
Co-Founder Pyramid Learning
Greater Oxford Area, UK


Enza Tersigni (see above) &
Francesca Brunner (MSc student)
Ambassador Erasmus+ Generation

Paolo Destilo (see above)

Report to the European Platform / Parliament
Tikvah Breimer (MSc MEd MSc)
In co-collaboration with DiARC/UNINA


Jane Longley (MA)
English editor, translator, educator
Consultant online instruction formulation

StudioBlended

Lucas Rampazzo (MA)

Graphic designer
Online learning environments art designer

StudioBlended

Supporters:
European Parliament subsidy via GaragErasmus Foundation for the Erasmus Generation, Milan, Italy


StudioBlended aims to support public life, public squares that are so essential for dialogue and debate in our democracies, by supporting cafes and restaurants in these times of lockdown. The moderation of this European event takes place in an 1920s bathhouse, built in the style of Amsterdamse School and turned into a restaurant - Badhu in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We will share pictures afterwards via GaragErasmus and LinkedIn.

STUDIOBLENDED

We are here especially for you as unique professional, to come alongside you and partner with you, as you work on a (architecture / urban / development / policy / land / water / climate) curriculum, so that you can offer effective and resilient education in its simplest form.

Paolo Destilo is a young Dutch-Italian podcast producer and host of the Europe Matters show - The Podcast Made in Europe. In this bold, fresh & curious podcast series he delves deep into thought-provoking questions related to where Europe is and where it is heading. He discusses these questions with thought leaders, academics, artists and all those who care about the Future of Europe. Check out his work through pod.link/europe-matters


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+31 6 42 47 29 69



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