Identifying Disruptive Technologies: Horizon Scanning in the Early Stages of Design

Sidsel Katrine Ernstsen, Christian Thuesen, Laurids Rolighed Larsen, Anja Maier

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Technology development is accelerating, driving disruption. Design is seen as key differentiator in creating innovative offerings but few design methods consider future technologies explicitly. In this article, we explore how a foresight method, namely horizon scanning, may be applied in a design context to anticipate disruption of construction. By means of a 3-step horizon scan, we identify 133 potentially disruptive technologies from across industries. We find that when preparing for disruption, design may benefit from the future-oriented and technology-focused features of horizon scanning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS92: Proceedings of the DESIGN 2018 15th International Design Conference
PublisherDesign Society
Publication date2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-953-7738-59-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventDESIGN2018 - 15th International Design Conference - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 May 201824 May 2018
Conference number: 15


ConferenceDESIGN2018 - 15th International Design Conference
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