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Victor Papanek:
The Politics of Design

Design Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands

October 17 2020 – March 23 2021
Formerly at
C-Mine, Genk, Belgium,
10 March – 12 July 2020
Design Museum Barcelona,
Catalonia, Spain
31 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
Vitra Design Museum,
Weil am Rhein, Germany
29 September 2018 – 10 March 2019

Co-curated by Prof. Alison J. Clarke , a co-operation with Vitra Design Museum, Papanek Foundation and Museu del Disseny Barcelona

Installation view, “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design,” 2018 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Norbert Miguletz

The Papanek Foundation presents the international travelling exhibition Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, co-curated and organised with Vitra Design Museum in Weil Am Rhein, Germany. The expansive show presents varied and previously unseen materials from the Papanek Foundation archive pertaining to design activist Victor Papanek’s lifelong career, highlighting the crucial theme of design as a political and social tool. Alongside the exploration of Papanek’s links with key thinkers and design figures, ranging from media theorist Marshall McLuhan, maverick futurist Buckminster Fuller to leading feminist graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, the exhibition casts light on the legacy of 1960s and 1970s activism through the presentation of contemporary exhibits dealing with politically pertinent issues ranging from state violence, to climate change, bio-synthetics, and the precariousness of citizenship.

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design features work from cutting edge practitioners such as: Forensic Architecture; Natsai Audrey Chieza; Flui Colectivo; Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg; Femke Herregraven; NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism/Hypen-Labs; Lucy and Jorge Orta; Tomás Saraceno; Maya Jay Varadaraj.

This exhibition is a cooperation between the Vitra Design Museum and the Barcelona Design Museum, in collaboration with the Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Further information

Opening Exhibition Talk Papanek Barcelona

Opening Exhibition Talk

Victor Papanek:
The Politics of Design

Barcelona Design Museum, Barcelona
30 October 2019, 6pm

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

Further Information

On the occasion of the opening of Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, the exhibition initiator and co-curator, Alison J. Clarke, considers the phenomenon of social design from a critical and historical perspective. Based on her research for the exhibition, and her forthcoming monograph Victor Papanek: Design for the Real World with M.I.T. Press, Clarke highlights the innovative but often politically contradictory projects of 1970s design activism.

image © Papanek Foundation

Papanek Symp 2019

Papanek Symposium 2019

Real World: Design, Politics, Future

Porto Design Biennale, Portugal
26–27 September 2019

Organised by Prof. Alison J. Clarke and Francisco Laranjo

Further Information

The Papanek Symposium 2019 investigates design’s inherent tensions in the context of rising global far-right populism and the asphyxiating manipulation of information in a post-truth era. What potential is there for envisaging alternative political futures, and what role might design, and its politics, have in contributing to those futures? Debating the future of design: The places, ideas and means by which the politics of design, and the design of politics come together.

Open Seminar “Make Design Open” with Magdalena Reiter

Open seminar session with Magdalena Reiter

“Make Design Open”

Seminarraum, Postgassee
June 13 2019, 10:00–12:30

Dr. Martina Grünewald

This event is part of the seminar Material Culture II „Designing Value(s) 2“

Further information

Open commons, open design, open innovation: What does this openness actually mean? What does it do, how can it be achieved and applied? What are the first steps? Who can help? Magdalena Reiter, one of the premier open design experts and educators in Austria, joins us in an open seminar session to discuss these burning questions and to introduce key concepts around open design, bringing with her numerous current examples including her own projects in open work and creative collaboration. Seminar attendance is open and free to everyone who wishes to explore this cutting-edge topic.

image © Magdalena Reiter

Symposium Design Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism


Design Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism

May 16–17, 2019
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 1030 Vienna, New Auditorium

Concept and organizer: Dr. Elana Shapira

The International Symposium “Designing Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism” offers a contemporary scholarly perspective on the role of Jews in shaping and coproducing public and private, as well as commercial and socially oriented architecture and design in Central Europe from the 1920s to 1940s, and after their forced emigration during the 1930s in the respective countries in which they settled. It examines how modern identities evolved in the context of cultural transfers and migrations, commercial and professional networks, and in relation to the conflict between nationalist ideologies and international aspirations in Central Europe and beyond.

Collage by Andrew Sommerfield, c.1961. Courtesy of Paul Sommerfeld.

Keynote Lecture Politics of Design: Manufacturing the “Undeveloped Peoples”

Keynote Lecture

Politics of Design: Manufacturing the “Undeveloped Peoples”

Design and Authority
4T Design and Design History Conference
May 2–4 2019, İzmir, Turkey

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

Further information

In the early 1960s, leading design schools in the United States embraced for the first time an overt Cold War pedagogic strategy, under the title “design for the undeveloped peoples”. This lecture explores how design took on a new authority during this period, in which urban black Americans, the Global South and the working class rural poor were conflated as one homogenised problem that only industrial design could resolve. As part of the ‘Design And Authority’ Conference, Izmir, 2019, the lecture asks how much this legacy persists in the practices of contemporary social design.

image © University of the Applied Arts, Papanek Foundation

DAPL2019 – Catalog for the Post Human, Parsons Charlesworth

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth

“Catalog for the Post Human: Reflections on the Future of Human Enhancement”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
June 19 2019, 10:00–12:00

Image: Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth, Catalog For The Post Human (2014)

Working across a variety of media, Parsons & Charlesworth create objects, exhibits, texts and images that encourage reflection upon the current and future state of our designed culture. Considering objects as agents of change, the studio explores new typologies and prototypes alternate ways of living, often using narrative and speculation to propose scenarios that comment on contemporary issues. Founded by designers Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth as a formal art and design studio in 2014 after years of informal collaboration, Parsons & Charlesworth became the grounding place to explore how object design can play a greater cultural role in the exploration of subjects such as climate change, personal survival and happiness.

DAPL2019 – Entangled Environments, Roman Kirschner

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Roman Kirschner

“Entangled Environments and Some Questions on Methods”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
June 5 2019, 10:00–12:00

Image: Roman Kirschner, Roots (2018)

Roman Kirschner is an artist, researcher, writer, teacher and sometimes curator working across disciplines. His current research interests are social metabolisms and ecologies, transformative materials, spatial strategies, research methods and the mutual influence of material, imagination and epistemology. After studies of philosophy, art history and audiovisual art he wrote a PhD on “The Paradigm of Material Activity in the Plastic Arts“ at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (GER). He was the project leader of the arts-based research project ”Liquid Things“ at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (AT). Currently, he is an associated lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts (CH). His works were shown in exhibitions in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

DAPL2019 – One Leg Up, Noam Toran

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Noam Toran

“One Leg Up and a Hole in the Ground”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
May 22 2019, 10:00–12:00

Image: Noam Toran, A Shining Meteor … (2018)

Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico (1975). Lives and works in Rotterdam. Teaches at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and HEAD, Geneva. Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of intricate narratives developed as a means to disrupt hegemonic historiographies. Drawing from marginalised or neglected histories, Toran reflects upon the interrelations of memory, erasure, mythology, identity, and the essential force of storytelling as embodied in archives, film, literature, and performance. The work is materialised through dramatizations that take the form of installations, educational models, films, performances and scripts. The work is exhibited, screened and published internationally, notably at the CNAC Pompidou (Paris), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Venice Architecture Biennale, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Witte de With (Rotterdam), MuHKA (Antwerp), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Musée d’Art Contemporain (St Etienne), Baltic Contemporary (Newcastle), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv), Musée D’Art Moderne (Luxembourg), Kulturhuset (Stockholm) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin).

DAPL2019 – Kritik als Prozess, Ruth Sonderegger

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Ruth Sonderegger

“Kritik als Prozess”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
May 8 2019, 10:00–12:00

Further Information

Ruth Sonderegger is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. From 2001 to 2009 she worked as Associate and Full Professor in the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam. Her research centers on the history and systematics of the concept of critique in philosophy and other disciplines, and examines art as a possible form of critique. She is the co-editor of, amongst others, Foucaults Gegenwart: Sexualität – Sorge – Revolution (2016); Spaces for Criticism: Shifts in Contemporary Art Discourses (2015); Pierre Bourdieu und Jacques Rancière: Emanzipatorische Praxis denken (2014); Art and the Critique of Ideology After 1989 (2013); Conceptions of Critique in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (2012); Golden Years: Queere Subkultur zwischen 1959 und 1974 (2006); and author of Für eine Ästhetik des Spiels: Hermeneutik, Dekonstruktion und der Eigensinn der Kunst (2000). She lives and works in Vienna.

DAPL2019 – EIN-SICHTEN, Daniela Gruber

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Daniela Gruber


Seminarraum, Postgasse
April 10 2019, 10:00–12:00

Image: Daniela Gruber, “Und du warum bist du immer noch da?” “Naja, weil ich gerade mit dir spreche.” (2016)

Daniela Gruber is a graphic designer from Graz. She studied Visual Communication at the FH Joanneum in Graz (BA) and the University of the Arts Zurich (MA). Her work explores social topics such as illiteracy and autism through ethnographic and explorative design approaches. The resulting investigations often take the form of books that show the investigated phenomena in unusual, engaging and experienceable ways.

Opening Keynote Lecture Bauhaus Festival March 20 19

Opening Keynote Lecture

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design and the Role of Design Education

Bauhaus Festival School FUNDAMENTAL,
Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany
March 20 2019, 19.00

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

Further information

The émigré trajectories of Bauhaus designers, and the international impact they made on the objects and discourse of modernism forms a prominent theme of design history. This lecture considers another émigré story – that of Austrian-American Victor Papanek, whose work was defined by an ambivalence toward the functional modernism espoused by his fellow émigrés. It examines how his life as an émigré generated an alternative design approach, and the founding of socially responsible design as a pedagogic force. This lecture is delivered as part of the Bauhaus Dessau Centenary celebrations, under the theme School Fundamental.

image © University of the Applied Arts, Papanek Foundation

Past Events Previous Version

Past Events

2019, 10 January
Guest hosted by Anita Posch, organised by Martina Grünewald
Digital Currencies and Smart Contracts: Bitcoin, Blockchain & Co.
University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Design History and Theory, Seminar Room

2018, 22 November
Prof. Alison J. Clarke
Public Lecture
Design Revolution
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

2018, 8–9 November
Freud and the Émigré. Austrian Émigrés and Exiles and the Legacy of Psychoanalysis in Britain from the 1930s to the 1970s
Concept by Elana Shapira with Daniela Finzi, Research Director of the Sigmund Freud Museum
Freud Museum, Vienna

2018, 15 October
Alison J. Clarke
Keynote Lecture
‘Design Anthropology and Spatial Relations’
Bauhaus Dessau
Dessau, Germany

2018, 5 October
Alison J. Clarke
Keynote Lecture
‘Victor Papanek: Design, Ecology, and Global Activism’
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Providence, USA

2018, 28 September
Alison J. Clarke
Panel discussion
‘Can Design Save the World?’
Vitra Design Museum
Weil-am-Rhein, Germany

2018, 22 July
Leah Armstrong
Panel discussion
‘Fashion Utopias’
Transfashional network, State of Fashion 2018
Arnhem, Netherlands

2018, 6 July
Leah Armstrong
Book Launch: ‘Fashioning Professionals’
London College of Fashion, UK

2018, 28 May
Dr Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler
‘Toolkits for change: American systems furniture and the open plan office’
Seminar room, Design History and Theory
Postgasse 6

2018, 17 May
Elana Shapira
‘Jewish clients and architects, Viennese modernism and the sociology of aesthetics’
Slovak National Library,
Bratislava, Slovakia

2018, 12 April
Alison J. Clarke
Lecture: ‘The Politics of Design’
École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs
EnsadLab, ‘Science of Doubt’ series,
Paris, France

2018, 10 March
Alison J. Clarke
‘Design Anthropology: Agencies, Inclusions and Exigencies’
Conference: The Agents of Design/Design as Agency
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2017, 17 December
Alison J. Clarke
Symposium: Bauhaus Lab 2017: Between Chairs
Bauhaus Dessau, Germany

2017, 10 December
Elana Shapira
‘Adolf Loos und seine Schneider: Über Mode und Innendekoration in Wien um 1900’
Imperial Furniture Collection, Vienna

2017, 30 November
Elana Shapira
‘People are more important than things: Austrian Émigré designers in Britain’
Conference: Designs on Britain: Jewish Émigré Designers, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2017, 9–10 November
Alison J. Clarke and Leah Armstrong(Co-Convenors)
‘International Design Organisations: Histories, Legacies, Values’
In collaboration with Centre for Design History, University of Brighton

2017, 27 October
Alison J. Clarke
‘Design as Futurism and its Discontents’
Keynote delivered on occasion of award of Honorary Doctorate, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

2017, 21 October 2017
”Chrono-Voyeurism: A Design Anthropology of Retro Food’
Alison J. Clarke
Experiencing Food: International Food Design & Food Studies Conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal

2017, 22 September 2017
Alison J. Clarke (Director and Co-organiser) and Leah Armstrong(Co-Organiser)
‘Papanek Symposium 2017: Design and Ethics’
Austrian Embassy, London
Official partner of London Design Festival 2017
Papanek Symposium 2017

2017, 6 September
Leah Armstrong
‘Working from home’: Representing the Professional Designer in Post-War Britain’
Conference: Mediating Cultural Work
University of Leicester, UK

2017, 28 June
Clemens Winkler
‘Political Clouds’
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2017, 24 May
Burkhard Meltzer
‘Vitamin Water: How Design has become Art’s Critical Agent’
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2017, 10 May
Julijonas Urbonas
‘Thingly Philosophy, Transtextuality and Material Hermeneutics in Art and Design’
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2017, 3 May
Eric Anderson
‘Colour Cure: Freud, Optical Science and Design Theory’
Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna

2017, 26 April
Daisy Ginsberg
‘The Dream of Better’
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2017, 26 January
V&A Design Culture Salon in collaboration with Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Speakers: Alison J. Clarke, Martina Grünewald, Guy Julier, Matthias Tarasiewicz
“Alternative Exchange: How Does Design Create Alternative Economies in Contemporary Design Culture?”
Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL), Vienna

2017, 26 January
Guy Julier
Guest Lecture: ‘Economies of Design: Materialising Finance’
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2017, 23 January
Leah Armstrong
Invited speaker: ‘Transparency in Design: From the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of Endarkenment’
Technical University, Vienna

2017, 12 January
Dr Stefanie Wuschitz
Guest Lecture: ‘Maker Culture: A Feminist Perspective’
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2016, 24 November
Leanne Wierzba
Guest Lecture: ‘What is Luxury and for whom?’
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2016, 23 November
Leah Armstrong
Work-in-Progress, ‘A new Image for a New Profession: Self-image and Representation in the Professionalisation of Design 1945-1960’
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2016, 20 November
Elana Shapira
Guest Lecture: Annual Zilk Lecture, ‘Un-designed Identities: Jewish Patrons and Viennese Modernism’
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2016, 9 November
Ufaq Inam
‘Bazaar Economy & Traditional Medicine: An Ethnographic investigation in Papad Mandi, Lahore
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2016, 26 October
Leah Armstrong
‘Looking Inwards and Facing Outwards: the Society of Industrial Artists in Britain 1930-1967’
ICDHS Conference, Taipei, Taiwan

2016, 13-14 October
Dr Elana Shapira
‘Design Dialogue: Jewish Contributions to Viennese Modernism’
MAK Design Forum, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna

2016, 12 October
Elisabeth Peterman, PhD Candidate, Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Work-in-Progress: ‘Ways to Unlock the Trend Industry’
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2016, 23-25 September
Alison J. Clarke
Stamps Design Salon, Detroit Design Festival

2016, 9 September
Leah Armstrong
Chair: ‘Time, Objects and the Experience of the Home’
Design History Society Annual Conference Middlesex UK

2016, 23 June
Onkar Kular, Stanley Picker Fellow in Design and Professor in Design Interventions, HDK, Gothenburg University.
Designing Interventions
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts

2016, 8 June
Carmen Weisskopf, !Mediengruppe Betnik
Random Darknet Shopping Bots, Mail Art and Surveillance Algorithms
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts

Undesign Symposium Poster
2016, 2 June
Björn Franke and Alison J. Clarke
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts
Convened as part of the FWF Research Project “Émigré Design Networks and the Founding of Social Design”
Full Programme

2016, 25 May
Edward Saunders
Negotiating Questions of Method in Biography
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts

2016, 23 May
Christopher Long
Central European Modernists and the Varieties of Southern California Design
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts

2016, 18 May
Alison J. Clarke
Keynote Lecture: ‘Design Anthropology: Reassessing Historiography and Critical Methods in Design Studies’
University of Antwerp

2016, 4 May
Heng Zhi
Understanding Shenzai
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts

2016, 20 April
Tido von Oppeln
Design Exhibited: Versuche zu einer Praxis der Theorie im Design
Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts

2015, 13 November
Alison J. Clarke
‘Designs for the Real World: Cold War “Soft” Diplomacy and the Emergence of Radical Design Anthropology in 1960s Design & Engineering’
Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, UK

2015, 30–31 October
Alison J. Clarke
‘Buckminster Fuller’s Reindeer Abattoir: The Influence of Finland’s North on 1960s Radical Design’
North as Meaning in Design and Art
Kulttuuritalo Korundi, Lapland

2015, 14 October
Book Discussion with John Thackara
‘How to thrive in the next economy’
Café Prückel, Wien

2015, 24–25 September
Alison J. Clarke
‘Work Activity: The Politics of Work and Design in a Neo-Liberal Economy’
Fair Design: International Conference on Design Theory and Criticism
Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Design, Warsaw, Poland

2015, 11–13 September
Alison J. Clarke
‘How we live and how we might live: Design and the Spirit of Critical Utopianism’
Annual Design History Society Conference 2015
California College of Arts, San Francisco, USA

2015, 8 June
Alison J. Clarke
‘Buckminster Fuller’s Reindeer Abattoir and Other Designs for the Real World’
NORDES 2015 Conference, Design Ecologies
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden

2015, 27-28 May
Alison J. Clarke and Elana Shapira (Co-Organisers)
Emigre Design Culture: Histories of the Social in Design
Papanek Symposium 2015
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2015, 20 February
Alison J. Clarke
How dependent is the design profession on cultures of migration?
Design Culture Salon
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

2014, 26 September – 15 December
Alison J. Clarke (Co-Curator)
Exhibition: ‘How Things Don’t Work: The Dreamspace of Victor Papanek’
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design,
New York, USA

2014, 4 December
Alison J. Clarke (Co-Curator and Panellist)
Panel Discussion, ‘Permanent Garbage: Victor Papanek and Beautiful Visions of Failed Systems’
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design,
New York, USA

2014, 18–19 September
Alison J. Clarke
Keynote: ‘Design Dispersed: The Origins of the Social in Design’
Design Culture: Object, Discipline and Practice
University of Southern Denmark, Kolding

2014, 3 June
Adam Drazin
Setting up a laboratory of material life: Can anthropology and the studio mix?
Lecture Series, Department of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts Vienna

2014, 22–23 May
Björn Franke
‘The Future, the Possible and the New’
‘Multiply Futures’: International Design Symposium
Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria

2014, 5 May
Alison J. Clarke
‘Design Activism and the Cultural Cold War’
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture
New York, USA

2014, 13–16 April
Bryleigh Morsink
‘New Zealand’s Pioneering Emigre Architects: An Exceptional Legacy in the South Pacific’
Crossing Boundaries: Rethinking European Architecture Beyond Europe
University of Palermo, Italy

2014, 10 April
Josef Moser
Das Krankenhaus als Designobjekt: Entwicklung, Tendenzen
Lecture Series
Department of Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna

2014, 7–10 April
Alison J. Clarke
Public lecture as Robert W. Deutsch Visiting Scholar Social Design
‘Designer for the Real World’
MICA, Baltimore, USA

2014, 24 April
Alison J. Clarke
‘Where Social Science Meets Design’
Configuring Light/Staging the Social: A New Research Agenda
London School of Economics, UK

workshop digital currencies


Digital Currencies and Smart Contracts: Bitcoin, Blockchain & Co.

University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Design History and Theory, Seminar Room
10 January 2019, 10:00-12:30

Guest hosted by Anita Posch, organised by Martina Grünewald

A highlight of this semester’s seminar “Material Culture I: Designing Value(s)”, Bitcoin and Blockchain educator Anita Posch guest hosts an open workshop session on digital currencies and smart contracts. We will discuss key questions cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies raise with regard to contemporary as well as future forms of collaborative design practice, open innovation, economic development and the internet as a facilitator and guardian of social democracy. Punctual attendance is critical as Ms. Posch will take us on a short walking tour to the next Bitcoin ATM.


Design Revolution Lecture

Public Lecture

Design Revolution

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
22 November 2018, 18:30

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

This open lecture, by Alison J. Clarke, co-curator of the exhibition Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, explores the design revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s when Papanek’s book Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change emerged as a manifesto for the politics of design and sustainability. Looking beyond the clichéd images of student activism and hippiedom, the lecture frames Papanek’s design, networks and interventions in the context of the late Cold War geo-political historical context; arguing that design’s newly honed political imperative was borne of the U.S. military-industrial complex, as much of idealistic counter cultures.

Interview: ‘Design Is Never Neutral’


The Problem of the ‘Social’ in Design Feb 21 2019 Politechnico di Milano

Public Lecture

The Problem of the ‘Social’ in Design

Politechnico di Milano
Polifactory, Milano
February 21, 15.00

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

Further information

Over the last decade social design has evolved as a method, as much as an output, of design practice underpinned by the boom in arts-based design research. This talk delivered as part of the PhD  Design Festival 2019 examines the origins, and some of the discontents, of this movement asking who the audience for the ‘social’ in design really is, and how far design can go in addressing the micro-politics of everyday life.

Keynote Design Museum London 22 Feb 19 The Other Way

Keynote Lecture

The Other Way: Designing a Sustainable Tomorrow

London Design Museum, UK
February 22 10.00–17:30

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

Further information

The keynote addresses the issues raised in an international symposium celebrating the ways in which transdisciplinary creative practices generate new approaches to sustainable innovation. Tracing debates of the sustainable to their origins in earlier design practice, the lecture asks how a new generation of designers, liberated from the disciplinary conventions of previous generations, might address a future in which socio-environmental have moved from the periphery to the centre of design practice.