Design Education for Just and Inclusive Transition : Experimenting Collaborative Models with Younger Generations through Data Literacy and Game Thinking


The ability to address global challenges within a just transition process requires to build collaboration between different actors involving all societal groups. The involvement of the younger generations must pass through the education system. Design cultures intervene in the educational process introducing co-design practices in order to enable the construction of common ground between young people, University and the territory through a community model which enhances individual backgrounds and answer to the needs and requirements of the territories in a just and collective manner. The aim of this study is to describe a model for the involvement and capacitation of high school students through the presentation of two experimental initiatives promoted by the Advanced Design Unit - University of Bologna. The two experimentations are based on an action-research methodology. Data Challenge aims at raising awareness about gender diversity in the context of public libraries in the city of Bologna. The project is developed through a research phase based on the reading of existing data from the Municipality and the University of Bologna, investigated through gender-oriented questions, and a phase involving high school students in experimental initiatives aimed at stimulating civic engagement, proximity to urban knowledge infrastructures and public services, data literacy and peer collaboration.Urban Gamers Lab is a research project which aims at constructing awareness in young generations about digital transition applied to urban development, by adopting a creative process based on Game Thinking approach. The experimentations are analysed in order to explain results, limitations and future research branches.


Margherita Ascari
PhD Fellow, Department of Architecture, University of Bologna, Italy

Valentina Gianfrate
Senior Researcher, Advanced Design Unit-Department of Architecture, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Elena Maria Formia
Associate Professor, University of Bologna

Matteo Gambini
Research fellow, Department of Architecture, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Simona Colitti
PhD student, Department of Architecture, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Ami Licaj
Student, PhD, Department of Architecture, University of Florence, Firenze, Italy


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Design Education



Digital Media


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