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Speculative and Critical Design – Special Programs Think Tank

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We invite you to take part in a rare opportunity to serve in the Special Programs Think Tank to envision and create hypothetical “special programs” that Estonia’s government might instate, either in the future or in parallel realities.
This five-day event will provide you with the chance to design preferable paths for government, guided by future-visioning strategists from the Extrapolation Factory. Over the course of the workshop, participants will be introduced to the essential principles of futures studies and will learn to identify signals, extrapolate implications and create future artefacts.
Each program will be announced through physical, print or digital artefacts to be shared with local citizens.

LEARNING OUTCOMES. The student is able to:

• understand the basics of speculative critical design;
• use design methodologies for a positive impact within one’s own community.


The course ends with an evaluative assessment (pass-fail) and is based on:
• participation;
• Think Tank deliverables;
• individual reflections;
• final (semi-)public presentation of service/product prototypes.


Chris Woebken, MA Design Interactions (Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby), 2008, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

Elliott P. Montgomery, MA Design Interactions (Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby), 2011, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

The Extrapolation Factory is a design-based research studio for participatory futures studies, founded by Chris Woebken and Elliott P. Montgomery. The studio develops experimental methods for collaboratively prototyping as well as experiencing and impacting future scenarios. Central to these methods is the creation of hypothetical future props and their deployment in familiar contexts such as 99¢ stores, science museums, vending machines and city footpaths. With this work, the studio is exploring new territories for democratised futures by rapidly imagining, prototyping, deploying and evaluating visions of possible futures on an extended time scale.


“EKA Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Possible Futures” is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Programme structure


July 29, 2019 – we start at 10AM

Day 1-2
Introduction to futures, EF
Signal Scanning
Government Program Design Development

Day 3-4
Investigation of signals at partner organisation
Prop ideation for a government program
Proposal share-out
Program planning and artefact creation with facilitator input

Day 5
Artefact deployment
Process reflection
Ending is arount 6PM

Apply now! Summer semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Jul 29, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States