Design Academy Eindhoven

Outline Classes Year 3


Department / Basic

Collective minor

Class name



Mentors: Kay Schuttel, Diogo Rinaldi, Curdin Tones

Advisor: Liesbeth Fit

Collaborators/guests: René van Binsbergen, Marjolijn Boterenbrood, Selena Andrisani, Piero Giura Longo, Elisa Giuliano, Luca Acito.

for an extended list see appendix

Class,  day and time

proposed schedule:

MONDAY        — guest lecture

TUESDAY        — guest lecture, workshop

WEDNESDAY        — individual study day

THURSDAY        — individual study day, feedback hours with Kay


FRIDAY                — collective study day, peer feedback, ODS Friday

SATURDAY        — day off / possible time for field trips, workshops,    

                                  welcoming guests
SUNDAY        — day off / possible time for field trips, workshops,

                                  welcoming guests

possible elements in the schedule: guest lecture, artist talk, workshop, field trip, group workshop, feedback hours (Skype), peer feedback, peer teaching, individual study day, collective study day, book ODS Friday lectures, collective reading group, collective dinner, collective hike, etc.

for a detailed schedule see appendix

Learning objectives

Main goal: Students are able to develop, question and maintain their own design practice and learning methods in an unknown context, while critically engaging with it, immersing in it and translating these experiences to a possible future collective of DAE students.

Above all design principles and methodologies, we aim at the following learning objectives:

1) site-specific learning / establishing contextual projects
— student will learn how to deal with the challenges they will encounter when working outside of the Netherlands

— student will learn how to build up a network abroad that informs and helps their individual and collective design processes

2) living together: student is able to rethink their own habits and patterns of behaviour — and can relate these experiences back to their design practice

3) deep research on Matera as a place of urgency (European Cultural Capital 2019 and its consequences on infrastructure and culture of the city’s inhabitants)

4) rethinking education: establishing horizontal learning

— student is able to rethink and propose alternative evaluation forms

5) establish a base for future generations to take on from us

— student is able to curate the material they created and experiences they made

— student is able to communicate the selected information in order to pass it on

Assessment criteria

1) research, context

- student is able to work site-specifically

- student is able to develop work which is of relevance for its context

- student is able to apply learned research methods

-student is able to communicate him/herself in a site-specific (Italian) context.

2) experimentation

- student is able to develop a critical attitude

- student is able to apply learned technology/crafts skills

- student is able to show inventiveness in her/his design process

3) reflection, critical attitude

-  student is able to listen

-  student is able to to see relevance of a project and critically reflect upon its concept, translation and application

- student is engaged  in group development

- student has acquired knowledge on curation  

- student is able to communicate (design) decisions

These general design process principles will be assessed in two ways:

  1. as a collective
  2. as an individual

More detailed criteria on whether the collective’s / the student’s individual work is sufficient, doubtful or insufficient will be developed in the course of this minor program as proposing alternative evaluation forms are part of our learning goals.

Class content

defined weekly.

for a detailed schedule see appendix

Class form and method




communal living

socratic discourse


field trips



socratic discourse

experimentations (trial and error)

peer feedback

peer teaching

group development



Atelier van Lieshout

Floating University

Open Design School

Sandberg Institute (temporary masters)

Waterschool / Makkink and Bey

Joseph Beuys 

“How to build your own living structures”, Ken Isaacs

“Deschooling Society”, Ivan Illich

“Whole Earth Catalog”

Class material

toolbox (see attachment)

domestic tools

local environment / context (nature, people)

collective van

hiking boots

ODS manual about Matera