Navigating MDEF 

Explore the types of final projects done by the students of the Master in Design for Emergent Futures

  • Jun 10, 2024

Central to the explorative journey that the Master in Design for Emergent Futures offers to its students are the three distinct dimensions of project development, each offering a unique pathway to explore and create within the realm of the ever-evolving design ecosystem.

Keep on reading to discover the practical ways in which our students implement their future thinking!

Scientific Ground: Research

On this project path, MDEF students dedicate themselves to research-driven design with the prospect of continuing their professional path, embarking on a PhD journey, or joining research labs in prestigious institutions. 

An example of such a project is the one by Krzysztof Wronski, Hypothetical Authorities. Krzysztof is now a resident at the Plant Ecology Research Lab at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the project Dear2050: Entangled Forests, in collaboration with Climanosco (Climate Science for Everyone). His position is linked to the project and research developed in the Master’s. 

Economic Sustainability: Startup Ventures

In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, MDEF offers its students the tools and mindset to follow a path of creating tangible products and services. By blending creativity with economic viability, students are encouraged to craft products and services that resonate with the market.

Explore the project of Pablo Zuloaga, Farm Academy, to gain a better understanding of this track. After graduating, Pablo developed his project into Powar (Plant Observatory of Weather Adaptability for Resilience) and created Powar Steam, an Ed-Tech Research Studio based in Barcelona, that designs workshops, methodologies and learning objects to empower people for a planet-centered future. 

Socioecological Impact: Collective Endeavors

Beyond individual pursuits, MDEF champions the ethos of collective action and community empowerment. Here, students harness the power of collaboration to effect meaningful change on a societal scale.

Flowing Futures is a design collective that was born in the MDEF program amongst students Çağsun, Ramiro and Korbinian. Together they have been working on projects that offer accessible, DIY solutions to explore, reimagine and change our relationship with water. Read about the collective here.

Essentially, MDEF offers its students a multidimensional approach to project development. As students navigate the intersections of science, economics, and societal impact, they emerge ready to innovate and drive positive change in our rapidly evolving world.

Join them and start innovating yourself! Apply to the Master in Design for Emergent Futures today.

Jun 10, 2024