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It’s no secret that the primary objective of design is to improve performance, on multiple levels. Nonetheless, questions remain: does the functional nature of design sometimes threaten to overwhelm its other intended purposes? Must all design first consider human intention? Are there ways in which human beings are obligated to engage with design? The Design Workshop at the AUP Paris Summer School in Design aims to find the answers to these, and many other crucial inquiries.

In this intensive week-long course, students from different disciplines, cultures, and countries are brought together to help resolve the challenges linked to the creation of living systems for migrating populations. With Paris serving as the setting for this hands-on environment, you will be ideally placed to observe Haussmannian architecture, one of the world’s most famous experiments in modern urban design, along with Paris’s many eco-design initiatives.

Students testing their design products during the summer course.
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“It changed the way I think about everything. I’d always thought that thinking was exclusively about my brain but in making several prototypes, I realized that it was a way to immediately engage with all of the things I was thinking about, while making those thoughts easily translatable for others.”
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Hannah Korsmeyer
Goldsmiths, University of London
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Professors from globally-renowned universities like Carnegie Mellon and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne will guide you through the design process, as you gain invaluable experience in the realms of problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership.

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A unique chance to participate in an international teaching–led research workshop on design and performance.
The Paris Summer School of Design

Featured Course

Design Workshop

The Paris Summer School of Design

Students testing their design products during the summer course.

It’s no secret that the primary objective of design is to improve performance, on multiple levels. Nonetheless, questions remain: does the functional nature of design sometimes threaten to overwhelm its other intended purposes? Must all design first consider human intention? Are there ways in which human beings are obligated to engage with design? The Design Workshop at the AUP Paris Summer School in Design aims to find the answers to these, and many other crucial inquiries.

In this intensive week-long course, students from different disciplines, cultures, and countries are brought together to help resolve the challenges linked to the creation of living systems for migrating populations. With Paris serving as the setting for this hands-on environment, you will be ideally placed to observe Haussmannian architecture, one of the world’s most famous experiments in modern urban design, along with Paris’s many eco-design initiatives.

“It changed the way I think about everything. I’d always thought that thinking was exclusively about my brain but in making several prototypes, I realized that it was a way to immediately engage with all of the things I was thinking about, while making those thoughts easily translatable for others.”

Hannah Korsmeyer Goldsmiths, University of London

Professors from globally-renowned universities like Carnegie Mellon and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne will guide you through the design process, as you gain invaluable experience in the realms of problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership.