Collective Design Anticipation

Zamenopoulos, Theodore and Alexiou, Katerina (2020). Collective Design Anticipation. Futures, 120, article no. 102563.



Design and anticipation are two closely related concepts. While previous research has focussed on exploring this relationship, less attention has been paid on uncovering the collective nature of design anticipation. The paper offers a theoretical framework to account for collective design anticipation and the conditions that make it possible. In specific, the paper discusses the notion of a design anticipation space, which embodies temporal and semantic dimensions, and discusses conditions for collective design anticipation through the concept of boundary objects. The results are derived through an abductive methodology that combines theoretical investigations with reflections on empirical work in the wild.

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