DS 83: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE16), Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-Disciplinarity, Aalborg, Denmark, 8th-9th September 2016

Year: 2016
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen
Author: Li, Cong; Gulden, Tore; Zhao, Feng
Series: E&PDE
Institution: 1Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, 2College of Art, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology
Section: Building Capacity
Page(s): 596-600
ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9


In contemporary design education, a student needs to undergo several years of education in a designrelated
curriculum. However, design is no longer a simply designed work to solve a problem in the
designed area, it has become a collaborative process with other disciplines to improve the quality of
human life. Therefore, the research question is how to combine crime prevention with product design
in education to develop the interdisciplinary role of design. The method used was a case study of a
series of student design works. The results showed how product design can apply crime prevention
theory to work against crime effectively and efficiently. Jian, a crime prevention theory researcher,
says 'situational crime prevention theory suggests that situational factors have contributed to specific
forms of crime, advocated the adoption of specific control and change the environment to reduce
opportunities for crime which in turn lead to crime prevention'[1]. The results of this article are
discussed in terms of how to collaborate in different disciplines in design education. The learning
outcomes of this study are concerned with finding a way to educate future designers by providing
them with a broader knowledge of design processes through a variety of methods. Further increasing
design instructors' awareness of cross-disciplinarity might enrich the approach and develop the role of
design and, more importantly, generate new horizons for collaborative practice in design.

Keywords: Collaboration, cross-disciplinarity, crime prevention, product design, design education.


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