The Design Foresight Network – initiated by an international group of researchers affiliated with Aalborg University and Design School Kolding – invited all design and foresight enthusiasts in and around Copenhagen to a symposium at Aalborg University in Copenhagen. The theme was the intersection of design and foresight. We had Jörn Bühring, Assistant Professor and faculty member at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design, opening the symposium as a keynote speaker.
Over the last years, the mutual interest between design and foresight grew significantly, leading to various intertwined design-driven futures or futures-driven design approaches, and associated sub-disciplines, such as speculative design, design fiction, or critical design. The contribution that the integration of design and foresight/futuring can make is manifold but emerges around the potential of anticipation, speculation and imagination to inform and incite sustainable change in the present.
Of course, Denmark was not left out of this development but the growing interest led to a multitude of novel projects, initiatives, frameworks, task forces, and the like. The purpose of the symposium was to bring together practitioners and researchers working at the intersection of design and foresight. Through listening to short presentations from various Danish companies and organizations, we together explored, discussed, and shed light on the various, potentially diverse, approaches, intentions and ideas that combine design and foresight and that aim at driving sustainability in diverse areas of work.
Period30 Aug 2022
Event typeConference
LocationCopenhagen, DenmarkShow on map


  • design
  • futures thinking
  • sustainability