"In the context of increasingly complex technological and economic developments, such as e-commerce, social media, and new production technologies, the social significance
of design continues to grow. These developments have inevitably been accompanied by certain highly charged questions, concerning such issues as fair working conditions,
sustainable development, and the upholding of personality rights questions with which designers are now directly confronted. Yet how are we to research these social aspects
of design and shed light on the conditions of their emergence?
The present research project is based on the assumption that the social significance of design is not only manifested in the elaboration of a design solution (and its commercial success)
that is conditioned by a particular social framework; design is rather understood as a product of the reciprocal influence of the social and the technological. What is in question here
is thus whether and how societies change in response to the establishment of design practices which structure what is visible and expressible from the outset.
Against this background,
various potential forms of action and experience take shape, which are determined by design in conjunction with a variety of agents, approaches, and objects (products, systems, services,
The Intrinsic Logic of Design project investigated the development of eight projects pursued within the Design Department of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
and thereby gives an impression of the actors involved in them."
Symposium: "The intrinsic logic of design" with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Michael Hagner and Albena Yaneva.
Exhibition of the actor-network studies. The exhibition included an interactive installation of the networks
and their coding as well as detailed documentations of each of the eight case studies.
Exhibition tables with project documentation of the eight case studies.
Documentation of case studies with interviews and transcriptions.
Lecture: "Generative Design and the Problem of Anticipation. The actualities of Cedric Price' projects and radical visions."
The Intrinsic Logic of Design. International Symposium on Methodology in Design, Institute of Design Research, Zurich University of the Arts. 3. October 2014.
1. Case Studies
2. Interviews: Worksplaces/ Workpractices
4. Actor-Network Diagrams
International Symposium on Methodology in Design, Institute of Design Research ZHdK Zürich
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