Exploring the concept of “design futures” in relation to design’s heterogeneous nature, asking which and whose knowledges are at stake in current design practices.
The “future”—as a rhetorical device and as an orientation in practice—permeates contemporary design. The temporality implied by this term may contradict other prevalent conceptions of design, such as design as a discipline traditionally and (stereo)typically preoccupied with form, materials, and space.
This lecture explores design in terms of temporality and futurity in order to expose and explore the heterogeneous and expanding nature of design. Posing the question of which and whose knowledges are at stake in design, it dives into the critical studies and practices necessary for the development of the discipline and beyond—taking into consideration “the design turn” i.e. the incorporation of design principles into other disciplines and multiple sectors of society.
Ramia Mazé (she/her) is a design researcher focusing on participatory, critical, and politically engaged design practices, “research through design,” and feminist epistemologies. A designer and architect by training, she also holds a Ph.D. in Interaction Design. She has led, published, and exhibited widely through major practice-based design research projects. She is Professor in Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability at the University of the Arts London in England. Previously, she was a professor and Head of Education in the Department of Design at Aalto University in Finland, and prior to that, she worked at Konstfack, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, D! Designfakulteten, and the Interactive Institute in Sweden.REGISTER HERE
This lecture is part of Design Educators* Unite!—a lecture series for design teachers, researchers, and students that shares feminist practices from within.
The lecture series is accessible through a sliding-scale price structure:
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- Standard: CHF 140
- Student: CHF 70
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Feb 22 | 6 pm CET – special free event
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with Cherrypye (she/her) Creator, Educator & Researcher
Clara Meliande (she/her) Designer, Researcher & Educator
and Josefina Vidal (she/her) Designer & Researcher
Mar 21 | 6 pm CET
Otherwise Realities: Communal Care, Decolonization, and The Design School
with Layla Gharib (she/her)
Designer, Researcher & Educator
Apr 4 | 6 pm CEST
Unmanageable Subjects: Trans Childhoods and Civic Learning in the Elementary Classroom
with Harper B. Keenan (he/him)
Educator, Learner, Writer & Scholar
Apr 11 | 6 pm CEST
Queering Design: Moving Towards Emergent Practices
with Sloan Leo Cowan (they/he)
Community Designer, Facilitator & Educator
May 2 | 6 pm CEST
Social Design Practices: From the Popular Neighborhoods to the Faculty of Design
with Giuliana Córdoba (she/none)
and Emilia Odriozola (she/her)
from the Student Movement Auge FADU
June 6 | 6 pm CEST
Feminist Killjoy Design Pedagogy: On Emphasizing Joy
with Elizabeth Chin (she/her)
Anthropologist & Ethnographer