Design Museum Helsinki coordinated an EU-funded design education project enabling children and adolescents to solve challenges in their environment through the means of design.
The goal of the project is to engage the students in real design processes as members of design teams, led by design professionals. The project explores opportunities to include children and adolescents in design processes, while teaching the students the many ways in which design can impact our environment. The project also gives the design teams opportunities to discuss their design-based solutions with members of the international design community. The focus is on processes rather than on design objects.
Besides Finland, the participating countries in the Fantasy Design project are Belgium, Denmark and Spain. The Finnish component takes place in the cities of Helsinki, Lahti and Oulu.
Design Museum Helsinki’s partnering organizations are Design museum Gent (Belgium), University College Sealand (Denmark) and the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas (Spain). The results of the Fantasy Design project will be displayed in a touring exhibition that debuts at Design Museum Helsinki in spring 2011. All work will be made available on the project’s Website.