A Vision for KADK:LAB: Strategic Development Project KADK: LAB, Recommendations from the working group

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The purpose of KADK:LAB is to establish a common identity across existing workshops/labs and ensure they represent the state-of-the-art in expertise and facilities, with a particular focus on high-technology.

The ambition of KADK:LAB is to generate value within the immediate KADK community (across the three schools) and with external partners.
KADK:LAB will generate value by:

●strengthening the academic relevance of making and materially focused analytical practices
●sharpening the idea that workshops and labs are spaces of critical reflection supporting ‘thinking through doing’
●spurring innovation and knowledge creation within workshop and lab based practices
●critically responding to emerging trends and cultures within workshop/lab practices, and relevant policy level agendas.
●stimulating synergies between workshops and lab environments

The value that KADK:LAB generates will be applied to achieving a three-fold vision that targets:

●advancing Research/KUV and Teaching activities
●nurturing innovation of workshop/lab practices
●building strategic partnerships within and beyond KADK

The vision and recommendations presented in this report have been developed through a consultation and development process involving:

●Reference to four prior reports
●Interviews with members of the KADK:LAB Working Group
●6 workshops with the KADK:LAB Working Group
●3 workshops with staff representatives of each school
●1 workshop with student representatives from the three schools.
●Visits to relevant external academic and industry facilities
●1 presentation to the KADK Board
●1 presentation to the KADK Rectorate and Heads of Schools
●Frequent meetings between the Project Leader (Mathilde Aggebo) and the ‘KADK:LAB writing group’.

The report also presents recommended strategies aimed at achieving the ambitions of the vision, and fostering a culture that promotes synergies across disciplines and environments, and that can critically respond to emerging societal trends and policy agendas. These strategies are organised by six key areas:

1.Interface with Research/KUV
2.Interface with Teaching
6.Budget and Funding

A number of the strategies reiterate recommendations made by previously commissioned reports. These are supplemented with strategies that target unique opportunities afforded by the prospect of KADK:LAB.

In total, the report presents over 35 strategies. We highlight eight of the most prominent ones below:

●expansion of physical spaces to include flexible mock-up areas
●key appointments to steer KADK:LAB in line with the vision
●brokering and hosting cross-disciplinary pilot research projects
●managing ‘open’ access to all facilities through ‘elective’ courses
●fostering external consultancy to industry/practice
●offering Post-professional short courses in high-technology practices
●continued professional development for workshop/lab staff
●establishing a trans-disciplinary, high-technology focused, Master’s level education

The report also demonstrates how multiple strategies can be intersected through tangible scenarios that support the aims of the vision.
We present four example scenarios:

1.‘softening boundaries’
3.‘trans-disciplinary education’
4.‘extended network’
Translated title of the contributionKADL:LAB Vision Rapport
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherThe Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Number of pages110
Commissioning bodyKunstakademiets Arkitektskole
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2018

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Hansen, F. T., & Ayres, P. (2018). A Vision for KADK:LAB: Strategic Development Project KADK: LAB, Recommendations from the working group. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.