Jocelyne Le Bœuf is also Director of Studies at the Ecolede design Nantes Atlantique and member of CADI’s Edi-torial committee.
Extract of a text ﬁ rst presented at the 2nd session ofAteliers de la Recherche en Design® held in Nancy(France) in May 2007.
How is it that a project-based activity resembling more a practice thana science and founded on empirical case studies manages to generateknowledge? How can research in design and research efforts on designconducted by scholars in other disciplines enrich each other? The 5thsession of Ateliers de la Recherche en Design
held in Nantes in June 2008addressed these key issues.The current issue of CADI, our research journal, settles into the continuityof these reﬂ ections via three contributions pertaining to the topic of cross-disciplining. Jocelyne Le Boeuf
, Design Historian, sheds light on herspecialty by referencing the major thought movements of which hers hasbecome a part over history. She also addresses the current multidisciplinaryresearch trends, and delves deeper into the role that design history playsnot only in understanding our material environment, but also in designerpractices. Gilles Rougon, Design Manager at Électricité de France (EDF),elaborates upon design transversality within a company where the primaryproduct is immaterial
. Finally, Eloi Le Mouël, Sociologist within the designdepartment of the RATP (Paris City Transit Authority), underlines duringan interview the similarities and differences between an anthropologicalapproach with regard to “mobility ﬂ ows” and the design project practicefrom his standpoint as a researcher in the ﬁ eld of social science.This second issue will be the last of its kind for the journal which has, upuntil now, been diffused in printed format. The pursuit of knowledge sharingwill, nonetheless, carry on electronically via the online blog
. We hope,therefore, to bring together on a more regular basis, through aneasy-to-access and interactive format, the thoughts, exchanges and workthat nourish our role as active players in design education. Looking forwardto your comments online…Frédéric DegouzonHead of Strategy, Research and International Developmentf.firstname.lastname@example.org
CO-CREATION, CROSS-DISCIPLININGAND RESEARCH IN DESIGN