Pedagogical Actions Towards Cultural Heritage and Archival Preservation –Bridging Design Education Between Past and Future


The nature and the materiality of cultural heritage and archives are being brought to design research, questioning the ways in which they are communicated, curated, and used. Design, as an activity with the ability to creatively engage with other fields in its education process and as an active agent in communication and society, endorses a role of responsible citizenship, contributing with its actions to improve its contexts and its communities of intervention. The following paper develops the research of design education between past and future, starting from a global outlook that deals with methods, strategies and creativity, and copes with new and more complex challenges and work forms, and describes pedagogical actions in higher education in Design, in Portugal, through the exploration of “Arquivo Leonor,” in Barcelos, Portugal, a archival heritage with over five centuries. This project aims to intertwine three key concepts such as design, heritage, and open culture its cultural action to the community. Its intervention motto is the interpretation and decipherment of this heritage, for which a mediation strategy is articulated with various tactical interventions, including archive research, documentation and ethnography, and its dissemination and strategy definition. As a pedagogical field that extends beyond visual mediation, it acknowledges and promotes alternative expressions of knowledge, addressing possible design roles in terms of overall cultural change. It focuses on a teaching-learning-research bias, focused on heritage preservation identities, traditions, and systems of knowledge, establishing a mediation pedagogy that opened territories for further expansion of theory and practice.

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Jorge Brandão Pereira, Polytechnic lnstitute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal

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Conference: PCAH2023
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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Pereira J. (2023) Pedagogical Actions Towards Cultural Heritage and Archival Preservation –Bridging Design Education Between Past and Future ISSN: 2758-0970 The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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