Not a school

Antithetical as this statement may sound, it is critically important to draw a distinction between the ODS and conventional design schools in which - even in the most progressive cases - knowledge tends to be transmitted “vertically” from skilled individuals who are “experts” in their field down to unskilled subjects, the students. In addition to this, the concept of “school” generally implies a sandbox environment that is safely separated from the reality of practice. In the ODS, learning occurs horizontally, through exchange between skilled participants whose abilities are applied to solving real-world problems and challenges through a hands-on process of making.


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