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Designing transformative futures
Tuesday, 28/June/2022:
9:00am - 10:30am

Session Chair: Ann Light, University of Sussex
Session Chair: Colin M. Gray, Purdue University
Session Chair: Kristina Lindström, Malmö University
Session Chair: Dan Lockton, Eindhoven University of Technology
Session Chair: Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh
Location: BA02 Bizkaia Aretoa_ Room Elhuyar, Ground floor

Main venue, Ground floor

Additional Chair: Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology
Additional Chair: Lara Houston, University of Sussex

This Conversation will be hosted in-person and accessible online.

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Designing transformative futures

Ann Light1,2, Laura Forlano3, Colin M Gray4, Lara Houston1, Kristina Lindström2, Dan Lockton5, Chris Speed6

1University of Sussex, United Kingdom; 2Malmö University; 3Illinois Institute of Technology; 4Purdue University; 5TU Eindhoven; 6University of Edinburgh

What makes the design of futures sufficiently transformative? We are in an age of crises and transitions in climate, biodiversity, and health. Calls for climate justice and the development of eco-social sensibilities speak to the need for dynamic and provisional engagements. Such concerns raise age-old issues of inequality and colonialist destruction. Our designs carry the imprint of this current politics, wittingly or unwittingly, into worlds to come. So how might we respond fluidly to coming uncertainties, questioning our practice to sow the seeds of more radical transformation, while recognizing the structural forces that can limit or temper opportunities for design activism? Join this conversation to explore our own and others’ practices in designing for responsive and responsible futures.

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