Nordic Conference on Design

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Photo: Kristine Samson, Michael Haldrup, and  Nicolas Padfield

June 7th-10th 2015 Kristine Samson and Michael Haldrup (VISPER) participated in the 6th Nordic Conference on Design (NORDES) in Stockholm. Here they presented an article written together with Mads Høbye and Nicolas Padfield (FabLab RUC) entitled  “Remix Utopia: Eleven Propositions on Design and Social Fantasy“. Drawing on a range of examples spanning from urban movements, art interventions and education; cases with which the authors themselves have been actively involved; the article presents a series of propositions for using design methods as tools for social transformation.

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Photo from NORDES

The overall theme of the conference was “Design Ecologies” and included workshops on sustainability, education and design as political agent – a theme that allowed broad and critical discussions of the role of design in the face of current social and ecological challenges on both a local and global scale. (Presentations from conference can be viewed here.)

Apart from engaging in the conference program the authors found time to vitit some of Stocholms  creative and experimental environments (Makerspark Stockholm, The Castle) and had exciting discussions and exchanges of ideas with key persons on how to establish and develop such environments.

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Photo from Makerspark Stockholm

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Photo from Makerspark Stockholm

* Remix Utopia: Eleven Propositions on Design and Social Fantasy (frontpage)

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