Challenge Problem Set

The Future of Unknowns

Problem Set:

Unanticipated natural disasters shatter our sense of wellbeing; a phenomenon that is transforming communities around the world on a frequent basis. 

Throughout this Design Learning Challenge, we will build on the human-centered design principles of Victor Papanek to empathize with community leaders and members; empower all to not just survive – rather thrive as they navigate the impact of the disasters; the future of unknowns.

According to the National Weather Service, a record-setting storm affected the western half of Dane County, Wisconsin on Monday, August 20, 2018. 

The most severe accumulation of rain was reported in the Town of Cross Plains with more than 15 inches within 24 hours; approximately half of the normal annual rainfall.

Registration Information to be Posted at a Later Date

Co-Facilitator Reception and Working Dinner
Fri, Sept 20
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Full-Day Community Challenge
Sat, Sept 21
9:30am to 4:30pm

Location and Parking Details
KCAI Campus Map:
Plenty of parking on nearby streets, the campus is currently under construction.

Contact Doris Wells-Papanek:

The Future of Unknowns Challenge is facilitated by Doris Wells-Papanek, the founder and director of the Design Learning NetworkThe event is being hosted by the Kansas City Art Institute in collaboration with the University of Kansas, Lawrence; the two institutions in which Victor Papanek last taught.