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.
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.
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.
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.