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Launch of Design Struggles

Design Struggles critically assesses the ways in which the design field is involved in creating, perpetuating, promoting and reinforcing injustice and inequality in social, political, economic, cultural and ecological systems.

Claudia Mareis and
Nina Paim

Lotte Lara Schröder 

Series: PLURAL 2021,
Valiz, with Swiss Design Network SDN

with support of the

This book shows how this entanglement arose from Eurocentric and neoliberal thinking. The voices and practices represented here propose to question and disrupt the discipline of design from within, by problematizing the very notions of design. They aim to do so by generating new, anti-racist, post-capitalist, queer-feminist, environmentally conscious and community-based ideas on how to transform design.

Claudia Mareis is a design researcher and cultural scientist with a background in design practice. She is professor for design history and theory at the FHNW HGK FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. 

Nina Paim is a Brazilian curator, researcher, designer, and educator, based in Basel. Paim holds an MA in design research from HKB Bern. She has taught and lectured worldwide and recently was co-initiator of the Futuress platform.


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