(Journal Artifact) The role of !ction in experiments within design, art and architecture

Eva Knutz, Thomas Markussen, Poul Rind Christensen


This article has been selected for a special issue of the online journal Artifact.

This paper offers a typology for understanding design fiction as a new approach in design research. The typology allows design researchers to explain design fictions according to 5 criteria: (1) “What if scenarios” as the basic construal principle of design fiction; (2) the manifestation of critique; (3) design aims; (4) materializations and forms; and (5) the aesthetic of design fictions. The typology is premised on the idea that fiction may integrate with reality in many different ways in design experiments. The explanatory power of the typology is exemplified through the analyses of 6 case projects.

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