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–I–D–A Foundation was conceived to function as a space of knowledge production and exchange.

The methodologies and tools offered by –I–D–A transforms a platform for design co-production, management, and research, unparalleled at a regional level. It fosters a practical approach to cultural assets management and preservation, the re-interpretation of historical issues, and the formulation of new topics. Its value resides both in its database and in the opportunities it provides.

–I–D–A carries out formative work and enables diverse educational projects related to critique, historiography, conservation, technical analysis, and curatorship, emphasizing interdisciplinary perspectives that integrate culture, sociology, and economy.

The Foundation is not a static environment that merely works as a storage and safeguard repository of pieces and documents; on the contrary, it plays an active role boosting learning and innovation. Both in its physical facilities and through online programs, professionals from all fields of knowledge will find in –I–D–A an intellectually stimulating space.

Formation and Research

–I–D–A Foundation produces original content and has exclusive tools and methodologies that are available to the academic community, institutions, and all parties interested in formative programs.

The programs offered fulfill multiple objectives, address different academic levels, and cater to diverse social sectors. They seek to engage the public; encourage critical thinking and the invention of new paradigms; expand disciplinary fields; stimulate interchange between knowledge and technologies; and support specialized research.

Classroom dynamics and educational material
The Foundation guides and supports teachers of all levels with their study plans. Activities aim at making students recognize the presence of design in everyday life, develop planning skills, and realize the importance of interpreting and preserving material culture. The program is designed to start with basic informative courses to introduce engaging topics and continue with deep inquiry level instruction; a strategy that will result in constant evaluation and questioning of the project.

Lectures and conferences
These meetings intend to review historically understudied topics that will launch new perspectives about cultural patrimony itself and its impact in present and future contexts. Through the implementation of a transgressional and multi-purpose approach, the memory of the collection's documents and assets is recorded along with oral testimonies of main actors and the analysis of specialists. Besides expanding the audience's general knowledge, these sessions arouse intellectual curiosity that could potentially lead to original research topics.

Collective workshops
Panels constituted by diverse actors linked to the cultural, productive, and academic landscapes fosters exciting interdisciplinary debate that enriches the conceptual understanding of cultural legacy itself and forwards new considerations about the social, economic, and symbolic implications of design.

Open access to archives
The objective is to enable the exploration of the Foundation's collection by organizing visits led by specialized designers, heirs, or researchers. Based on the information found in documents, pieces, and original testimonies, researchers can examine the production contexts, project patterns, and professional networks created by different authors, among other topics. This format of interaction inspires dialogues that enhance existing information related to the collection's assets and facilitates contact among researchers and other members of the community.

Contextual studies
The purpose of organizing visits to specific places and urban circuits is to discover the traces left by cultural assets. It enables to envision, analyze, and reconstruct their impacts, history, social uses, and ephemeral mutations. It is a true experience of contemporary archaeology in dialogue with particular cities and environments.

Design Observatory
To narrate, describe, and analyze current events –done both as a necessary critical thinking exercise and as a way of recording history– is a relevant present-day task. The Foundation benefits from its broad documental baggage and its expertise in patrimonial management to monitor and analyze current design trends. –I–D–A possesses the tools and the skills to examine contemporary creative processes and to detect their territorial, productive, aesthetic, and functional strengths.

Pre-professional practices and internships

Joint actions with formative centers, at university and college levels, offer students a true experience of interaction dynamics within an institution focused on design management.

The program emphasizes a strategic conception of cultural patrimony and the complementary relationship that exists within its tangible and intangible peculiarities. The activities intend to introduce interns-apprentices to field work, content production, administration, archive management, and to activating the value of cultural assets. The contact they have with pieces and documents shapes new skills and enhances the knowledge they had previously acquired in other academic spaces. At the same time, through the use of technological tools and network platforms, the students learn methodologies to preserve, record, classify, date, analyze, and observe from a technical viewpoint. In this way, –I–D–A offers a learning environment that encourages knowledge production. Such a space is crucial for the ongoing interpretation, communication, and enhancement of Argentine material culture.

Educational Institutions that collaborate with –I–D–A