Agneta Nordlund Andersson och Clare Johnston

2015-04-13 14:27

Sustainable design for homes of the future

A mobile research school that will merge textile and fashion design, architecture and interaction design. This is a goal that some of Europe's most eminent design schools are hoping to fulfil by finding 15 doctoral students who will join forces in challenging contemporary design methods and create new perspectives for sustainable design for homes of the future.

Last autumn, the Swedish School of Textiles was granted SEK 35 million via an EU application to coordinate the ArcInTexETN network of eight European universities and businesses.

Together, they are now recruiting 15 doctoral students who will get the opportunity to travel around Europe and learn about work methods, machinery parks and science labs - an opportunity that is beyond the ordinary. Not least, the design research will be interlaced, creating new perspectives.

Border-crossing collaboration
The students are going to take on interdisciplinary research in textile and fashion design, architecture and interaction design, the goal being to find a more sustainable lifestyle," says Agneta Nordlund Andersson from the Swedish School of Textiles who has overall responsibility for the ArcInTexETN network. She is backed up by Clare Johnston, professor of textile design at the Royal College of Art in London.

"The best thing about the network is the interdisciplinary part which enables the doctoral students to work in a border-crossing way within the different disciplines. Collaboration with industry is also a strength," she says.

On the move
The doctoral students are allocated one of the businesses or universities as a "base" but then they circulate between the locations for four years to be inspired by different skills. Students are not allowed to have their "base" in the country where they are registered as being resident since the network is intended to work like an exchange programme.

"Monthly salary and travel allowance is included, which is unusual in many places in Europe, so this is truly a great opportunity for many people," says Agneta Nordlund Andersson.

To apply for these doctoral studentships, a completed Master's degree in the field of design is required. Applications will be accepted from anywhere in the world until 15 April.

Read more about ArcInTex.

The following universities and businesses are taking part:

The School of Textiles at the University of Borås, Sweden
Heriot-Watt University, UK
Royal College of Art, UK
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Holland
Vilnius Academy of Art, Litauen
Universität der kunste Berlin, Germany
Philips, Holland
AB Ludvig Svensson, Sweden

The following businesses will provide places for the doctoral students to participate in their product development as part of their research.

Audejas UAB, Lithuania
Heatherwick Studio, UK
Haworth Tompkins, UK