Paper presented at the sustainable design conference Changing the Change

14 April, 2008 - 16:10

Ramia Mazé's paper 'CRITICALITY MEETS SUSTAINABILITY: Constructing critical practices in design research for sustainability' has been accepted and presented at the design research conference Changing the Change, July 10-12 2008, Turin, Italy.

The paper is available to read on the conference website. Abstract:Sustainability requires a wider awareness of the changing conditions for design today – rather than focused solely on preserving nature or conserving energy, per se, this opens up for challenging assumptions about relations between design and society and for constructing new forms of critical practice. Tracing tendencies in conceptual and (post)critical design, this paper argues for further developing the critical discourse within design today and design research as an important arena for extending the ideological and artifactual production of such discourse to users and stakeholders. In relation to my own experiences within the Static! and Switch! design research programs, these perspective are anchored in conceptual, operational, and practical examples of critical practices applied in the area of energy awareness.