Ramia Mazé lectures for the national design PhD school

3 December, 2013 - 00:00

‘The Future is Not Empty – Design imaginaries and design determinism’ was the theme of a talk that Ramia Mazé gave on Dec 3. She argued “The future is not empty – it is loaded with fantasies, aspirations and fears, it will bear the consequences of historical patterns and current lifestyles, its populace will live in environments shaped by our design, planning and technology”, and developed a context and critique of design relations to futurism and future studies through her own work in the projects Switch!, DESIGN ACT and Forms of Sustainability as well as her recent collaborations at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Her talk was part of a seminar hosted by the Umeå Institute of Design on Design Futures, part of the Swedish PhD school in design - D!

D! - the Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Research Education - is a national center for design research based at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The faculty encourages the development of design as a field of knowledge so that it can respond to social, economic and technological challenges in society in a sustainable, innovative and aesthetically aware manner. Currently the faculty is hosting more than 50 doctoral students from 13 of its 20 member institutions throughout Sweden.

From Jan 2014, Ramia will take part in the leadership group in D! with a focus on internationalization.

Photo credit

The Switch! Energy Futures project by Ramia Mazé, Aude Messager, Thomas Thwaites, and Basar Önal.