Future 50: School of Form 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

The newest tertiary institution to tackle design education is School of Form in Poznan, Poland. After accepting its first intake of students in October 2011, the school quickly became known for its unique curriculum, created under the creative direction of Dutch trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort. School of Form responds to the dual challenges of rapid technological progress and a desire to return to traditional materials, processes and crafts. "Designers and social scientists work hand in hand to create multidisciplinary projects," Agnieszka Jacobson Cielecka, programme director for design, says. "This way our students develop their practical skills, together with a deep understanding of human nature. In our workshops they get a chance to practise traditional crafts and handle the newest technologies." Students specialise in domestic, fashion, industrial or communication design and this is partnered with a social science: sociology, psychology, anthropology or philosophy. "We offer our students the tools used in social sciences to help them understand the world," Jacobson-Cielecka says.

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