DesignStrugglescritically assesses the ways in which thedesignfield is involved in creating, perpetuating, promoting and reinforcing injustice and inequality in social, political, economic, cultural and ecological systems. This book shows how this entanglement arose from Eurocentric and neoliberal thinking. The voices and practices represented here propose to question and disrupt the discipline ofdesignfrom within, by problematizing the very notions ofdesign. They aim to do so by generating new, anti-racist, post-capitalist, queer-feminist, environmentally conscious and community-based ideas on how to transformdesign. In this way,DesignStrugglesstrives to forge sustainable, new practices within thedesignfield that challenge the status quo and amplify underrepresented voices, both in the world ofdesign, as well as beyond.
In order to reimaginedesignas an unbound, ambiguous, and unfinished practice, this publication gathers a diverse array of perspectives, ranging from social and cultural theory,designhistory,designactivism, sociology, anthropology, critical and political studies, with a focus on looking atdesignthrough the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, class, and beyond. The book combines the latest comprehensive insights (rooted indesignpractices) with engaging and accessible storytelling. In doing so,DesignStrugglesbrings together an urgent and expansive array of voices and views, representing those engaged instruggleswith, against or around thedesignfield.
Editors: Claudia Mareis, Nina Paim
Contributors: Danah Abdulla, Tanveer Ahmed, Zoy Anastassakis, Ahmed Ansari, Brave New Alps, Johannes Bruder, Cheryl Buckley, Sria Chatterjee, Alison J. Clarke, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Paola De Martin, DecolonisingDesign, depatriarchisedesign, Bianca Elzenbaumer, Arturo Escobar, Kjetil Fallan, Griselda Flesler, Corin Gisel, Matthew Kiem, Claudia Mareis, Ramia Mazé, Tania Messell, Anja Neidhardt, Nan O’Sullivan, Maya Ober, Nina Paim, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Mia Charlene White