Annalena Kluge

Pattern-based structures for sustainable mobility design.


According to Bernhard Bürdek, genuine design knowledge1 generated by the process of design and creation in the sense of practical research will in the future need to be increasingly developed both vertically and horizontally,2 will need to be collated, made available and communicated. This is what Bürdek sees as being the disciplinary and interdisciplinary communication of design knowledge.

Paths must be identified to make our knowledge accessible to others working in different fields and to this end methodological and content-based solutions developed in theory and practice. The question arises: How and through which mechanisms is practice-oriented design knowledge communicated today both within the field of design and beyond, in order to make it fruitful across the disciplines?

A designer’s practical routine looks at a great spectrum of knowledge communicators in the form of manuals, handbooks, style guides, guidelines, design tenets, compendia. However, we must draw attention to a gap in the design-theoretical reflection of these practical rule books.3

For this reason, the focus of this work is on the analysis and conceptualization of relevant instructional literature that fosters design-specific creative and planning processes in particular in the context of current and future urban development and mobility themes.

The goal is to penetrate deeper into the heterogeneous spectrum of collections of knowledge from a design-theoretical viewpoint, to identify, systematize and classify specific properties. The identification of embedded ordering structures, in particular interconnected pattern structures, makes up the heart of the investigation.

The question is: How can pattern structures be developed and applied with the goal of combining on a transdisciplinary level the design knowledge developed for the shaping of mobility spaces on a multi-disciplinary basis, and fostering sustainable mobility behavior?

1 Cf. Claudia Mareis: Design als Wissenskultur. Interferenzen zwischen Design- und Wissensdiskursen seit 1960, (Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2014 ) and Nigel Cross: Designerly Ways of Knowing, Springer Science+Business Media, 2006)
2 Bernhard E. Bürdek: Design: Geschichte, Theorie und Praxis der Produktgestaltung, (Birkhäuser, 2015)
3 Pierre Smolarski: Rhetorik des Designs. Gestaltung zwischen Subversion und Affirmation, (Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2017)