Project Description

The summer school was a six-day design-led workshop centred around interdisciplinary contributions of design theory and practice. It aimed to trigger learning, reflection, collaboration and to build nature inspired design methods and processes, drawing inspiration from the Madeira Island’s rich subtropical ecosystem. 

The summer school is based on field work such as explorations through the island with the guidance of local experts in biology, natural science and bio agriculture. In addition the international designers, artists and thinkers mentored participants in nature centered  design solutions. Visiting and experiencing various Madeira landscapes and environments, meeting local citizens, engaging in fruitful conversations supported the participants to reflect on Madeira, its present conditions, future risks, problems and potentialities. 

The summer school aimed to build future scenarios as elements of conversation between experts and local stakeholders, such as communities, enterprises and institutions.

Atlantic Wonder is an initiative of the Art & Design Department, University of Madeira (Portugal), in collaboration with Paco Design Collaborative, the Marine Biology Station and the Natural History Museum of Funchal. 1st edition 15-20 July 2018