2015, Sat, Sep 19

Designing situations

Symposium: “Can design change society?”

Tomás Saraceno | Investigations into the potentials of sky-life. Reykjavic Marathon, 2007 | © Tomás Saraceno

Tomás Saraceno | Investigations into the potentials of sky-life. Reykjavic Marathon, 2007 | © Tomás Saraceno

Design-based interventions in social contexts transform spaces and operate in networks of multiple actors. The designer is thereby just one actor among many, and the things themselves have a retroactive effect on processes and design. The prevailing divisions between designer and user, producer and consumer, man and nature are dissolving. Laboratories of reality and scenarios aim for transformation without defining the final statuses. They are target-orientated, but open-ended.

a) The critical agent
Luigi Snozzi, Locarno

b) Visions of a New Society
Franziska Bollerey, Delft

c) Total design: On the use, and misuse of utopia and scenarios in architecture and urban design
Christian Salewski, Zurich

d) Change Labs
ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles), Rotterdam

Presentation Lara Schrijver, Antwerp

The program overview