What would future archaeologists think of our time, if they were to dig in the places that used to house our civilization? They would discover countless dumpsites of things we threw away: plastic and metal objects, still smouldering heaps of discarded electronics, synthetic textiles, and other things that do not decompose within a foreseeable amount of time. They would find the leftovers of an age of rampant, imperishable objects.
Today, in an economic system that revolves around producing and consuming these objects, we are starting to review their role in a series of challenges that lie ahead of us.
In the design discipline, sustainability and social responsibility have become prolific epithets, generating new products, materials, and technologies, designed to change the course of our future. | more
The intrinsic design ideologies are often not new, but form a fundamental part of design history, reappearing throughout the previous centuries. This book presents a history of socially committed design strategies within the western design tradition, from William Morris to Victor Papanek, and from VKhUTEMAS to FabLab.
Marjanne van Helvert explores the dynamics between theory and practice of design. Her main fields of interest are the relations between ethics and aesthetics, DIY practices, gender politics, utopia and dystopia. She is currently working on Dirty Clothes, a recycled DIY clothing label and magazine. Other projects include the on-going curtain landscape project, and her manifesto Dirty Design (2013). www.dirty-design.net | back