The Design Researcher as Activist

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The presenters emphasized the need to rethink the role of the designer within co-design and partic-ipatory design processes. The good intentions of stakeholder involvement, co-creation, and workshops of endless post-it notes often seem not to result in sustainable projects; the design-researcher enters the process from ‘the outside,’ and the project and initiatives usually end when they leave the project.Inspired by examples of activist design research interventions by the art group illutron and FabLab at Roskilde University, the presenters propose the role of the design-researcher as an activist and mindset change-maker. The design-researcher as activist is embedded in a project set in real life interventions with a focus on creating sustainable projects, to involve people through ownership, and secure em-bedded participation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateJun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
EventConference Critical Edge Alliance 2019: Boundary Crossings in Culture, Power, and Experience: Re-imagining Higher Education - The New School , New York, United States
Duration: 6 Jun 20198 Jun 2019


ConferenceConference Critical Edge Alliance 2019
LocationThe New School
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York
OtherThe purpose of the conference is to explore contemporary issues around boundary crossing, as they relate to universities and learning, broadly conceived.<br/><br/>​This conference is dedicated to the memory of our colleague Professor L.H.M. “Lily” Ling, a founding member of the Critical Edge Alliance, who tragically passed away last year. The conference is designed in the spirit of Ling’s Silk Road Research Initiative, a research collective that pursued the re-imagination of world politics.<br/><br/>As part of that work, students and faculty from The New School (New York, NY) organized in 2013 around a shared vision: to transform the foundation that underpins today’s international system by thinking creatively about world politics.
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