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Design and ethics: How is it more than the sum of its parts?
Thursday, 30/June/2022:
9:00am - 10:30am

Session Chair: Deger Ozkaramanli, University of Twente
Session Chair: Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, Royal College of Art
Location: BA02 Bizkaia Aretoa_ Room Elhuyar
Main venue, Ground floor

Chair: Sanna Lehtinen, Aalto University
Chair: Christine Schwobel-Patel, University of Warwick

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

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Design + ethics: How is it more than the sum of its parts?

Deger Ozkaramanli1, Michael Nagenborg1, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar2, Sanna Lehtinen3, Christine Schwobel-Patel4

1University of Twente, Netherlands, The; 2Royal College of Art; 3Aalto University; 4University of Warwick

A topic that has remained distinctly relevant throughout the evolution of design as a discipline is the ethics of design. So far, the discussion of ethical issues in de-sign has heavily relied on theories and approaches that originate in other disciplines. We argue that design can benefit from an explicit discussion on the ethics of its methods and practices that arises from within the discipline. This Conversation aims to stimulate this discussion. We will first outline the landscape of design ethics by identifying the main theories and/or approaches that bridge design and ethics. Next, we will address the opportunities and challenges of implementing these approaches in design practices. Simultaneously, we will unpack the interdisciplinary tensions and discuss how to manage them constructively.

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