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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, Modes of Criticism

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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, speakers include Ramia Mazé, Flavia Dzodan, Akwugo Emejulu, Ahmed Ansari, Cameron Tonkinwise. A series of workshops and open forums will be led by the Decolonising Design Group.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.