Education, design, open source. - Two questions to Claudio Larcher

Education, design, open source.

Two questions to Claudio Larcher

During the Milano Design Week, at the Subalterno1 space, we met Claudio Larcher, course leader of the three-year NABA Design program, having the opportunity to exchange ideas on education, design and open source.

Present and future of Education and Design, which is your point of view and your experience?

I wrote a book about this theme: "Scuola, design e solidarietà". It is about our project in Haiti where we’ve designed new school desks using the rules of “il buon design” - the good design. They made a huge difference for the everyday life of the students. This process is not useful just in the Countries considered belonging to the South of the World, but we need it everywhere. In Italy we have now a hole in the government program about education and the spaces for it. Going back in the ’70 in Italy we made huge investments for schools and research. As a designer and as a professor I feel the need to focus our eyes and attention on the innovation of the educational system and its spaces. New languages and more dynamic teaching formulas  are needed. I’m running a course “non ho più voglia di imparare” about new approach to design and teaching.

What do you think about Open source design as a new approach to school and educational design?

The O.S. allows the student to be part of the design process. My approach and the O.S. one is Learning by Doing and this is the base of design itself, building and be collaborative. All NABA teacher are professional designer not just theorethical researchers. I deeply believe that you can learn better by doing yourself. O.S. from my point of view allow to everybody to expand, enlarge someone intuition; students can enlarge professor’s idea. To teach is for me also learning from the students as Gropius said “ I teach because students make inconvenient questions that I cannot answer”, it is an exchange always.

I love a convivial method of teaching. I invite my student to have a beer together in order to eliminate all the distances created by the roles and make the learning relationship much more free and relax so that everybody feel free to express himself. The education process in a design academy need to be ludic!


 Claudio Larcher - Biography

Born in Milan in 1971, he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico of Milan. He transferred first to Madrid and then to Barcelona, he develops research activities at “Centro Estudi de la Mediterranea” and cooperates with several Spanish architecture studios (AxE, Sole y Espelt, Actar Arquitectura). In 2001 he returned to Italy to study Web design at Domus Academy and work as a freelance professional in design and architecture, founding the studio Modoloco design together with Flavio Mazzone. He has taught at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the Free University of Bozen, Politecnico of Milan, Scuola Politecnica di Design and Scuola Italiana Design. He gave a series of lectures in universities and schools worldwide including Istituto Europeo di Design and Elisava of Barcelona and the University Jaume I of Castellon de la Plana. He took part in many fairs and exhibitions in Italy, Japan, Spain, France, UK and Sweden and is the author of the books “Globetrotting designers” and “Design, scuola e solidarietà”.


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