November 20, 2014
Design as Future-Making brings together leading international designers, scholars, and critics to address ways in which design is shaping the future. The contributors share an understanding of design as a practice that, with its focus on innovation, is a natural ally of futurity. Ultimately, the choices made by designers are understood here as choices about the kind of world we want to live in. Design as Future-Making locates design in a space of creative and critical reflection, examining the expanding nature of practice in fields such as biomedicine, sustainability, digital crafting, fashion, architecture, urbanism, and design activism. By contextualizing design and its effects within social policy, contributors make the case that design is intrinsically social and deeply political.
Susan Yelavich is an associate professor and director of the MA Design Studies program in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
Barbara Adams is a PhD candidate in sociology at the New School for Social Research and teaches in several other divisions of the New School in New York City, including Parsons The New School for Design and Eugene Lang Col Lege the New School for Liberal arts.