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The Critical in Design (Part One)

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What could be a criticality in design? What could be a form of resistance in design? Is design a catalyst between art and capital and therefore always subjected to its role of functioning? Does design need a kind of external experimental space?


Questions presented to the Ph.D.-Design list-serve in December 2007 under the title Criticality in Design The Blind Spot by Kaja Gretinger, a design researcher at Jan Van Eyck Akadmie, Masstricht


The paper concerns the critical in design which is examined under three headings: structurally, as an internal aspect of the processes of designing; economically, in terms of the internal collusion between (weak) design and the strength, persistence and lure of market forces and private interests; historically, in terms of the emergence of a situationthe artificial becoming the horizon and medium of our existencethat now marks our times as one where design takes on new critical dimensions, above all in relation to securing and creating the conditions that can support a humane sustainable global futures.
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Keywords: crises; critical; criticality; economics; history; market forces; processes

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Parsons The New School for Design.

Publication date: 09 June 2008

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