What is Responsive design school?

Responsive design school is a interdisciplinary learning immersion programme happening the 27th May 2019 til the 9th June 2019.Held in Copenhagen, Denmark.The programme crosses boundaries and intersections between art ,design ,science ,media ,materials ,living organisms, additive manufacturing and speculative design thinking.

Responsive :adjective

adjective: responsive

  1. 1.

    reacting quickly and positively.

    "a flexible service that is responsive to changing social patterns"

    synonyms:quick to react, reactive, receptive, open to suggestions, amenable, flexible, accessible, approachable, forthcoming, sensitive, perceptive, sympathetic, well disposed, susceptible, impressionable, open, alive, awake, aware

    "the industry must become more responsive to consumer needs"

    antonyms:apathetic, insensitive

    • responding readily and with interest.

      "our most enthusiastic and responsive students"

    • denoting or relating to a website whose page design changes automatically according to the size of the screen on which it is viewed.

      "a responsive site that would work on PCs and tablets equally well"

  2. 2.

    in response; answering.

    "I'm distracted by a nibble on my line: I jig it several times, but there is no responsive tug"

By being responsive we are aware of our current needs and those that must meet the future needs of others.This 14 day immersion programme is aimed at giving you the tools to act for the future and design in a responsive and sustainable manner.

Programme for RDS 2019?

The programme runs from the 27th of may and features workshops within the following fields

  • Bio-design : Designing with biological elements for a more sustainable future, and how can biology change and interact with our needs as humans.

  • Biomimicry and Biophilia : To understand about nature and how it replicates itself, this also allows us to learn about cell division and human evolution in a new found output to understand how can we be more “green” in our everyday life.

  • Futuristic materials : With our ever changing need for better materials , how can we adapt and create new materials suitable for large scale replication.

  • Bio-technology : Engineering the future, what does CRISPR look like, how can I engineer the future to work within my needs and what are the ethics and implications.

  • Ethics and sustainability : De-bunking the myths and legends behind “circular” economy and why has it become such a green-washed term.

  • Open source , distributed design : In an era where we will all become nomads , how do we create items for all rather than for one.

  • New wave sci-craft : How can we merge science and art to create deep learning experiences , as well as create new outlook upon design thinking.

    And much much more. Attendees will be mailed a full programme of the 14 day schedule which includes theory, practical, talks, dinners and a final exhibition at this years Respond festival at the IDA headquarters in front of 3000 people in Copenhagen.


The course is 14 days split into blocks

27- 31st is the 1st block - In this time students will learn the above topics and more whilst planning a idea to share as their final topic.

1st June we will head deep into the danish forest for a immersive experience learning about mycology, ecology and of course reflecting about our week together ,before sharing ideas.

2nd - 5th is the 2nd block- You preparing your final topic piece, it could be a talk , a art piece, a video anything that showcases your learning over the past week.

6-8th is the 3rd block - Exhibition at IDA , you will be invited as a guest and over the course of the 3 days involved in the future of design, engineering, planet technology and people.

The programme will provide all materials for the first block which will enable you to learn the best possible hands on experiences. We have teamed up with several high profile brands within the science world to ensure a other worldly learning programme.

There are limited spaces on this programme and 2 community alignment spaces for those from under privileged / disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for , you can find the application form here

The cost for the programme is 2000 DKK including VAT (Payment goes to materials, teaching, offsite events ,dining talks at host venue)

You can secure your seat here

we actively welcome attendees from overseas , however we do not have resources to assist in providing accommodation or travel fees.

Below are some images from our Bioscience summer school programme in 2018 called design med biologi - learning basics for a better world.