Contribution for February issue of Abitare

News — March 4, 2013

Giorgio Campuffo invited us to write a small contribution for the insert on design education in Italy that he curated for the February issue of Abitare. The question, which a large number of italian designers was asked to answer, was this: What would design education in Italy be if:

Here our response:

– it embraced a culture of research-action that goes beyond the disciplinary divisions?

– it was oriented towards preparing students to interact with the complexities of the environmental/social/economic crisis we are going through?

– it was based on the refusal of any kind of sexism and paternalism – both at a pedagogical and structural level?

– it was more resistant to the infiltration by commercial entities, which, through student projects, take advantage from the work of young creatives?

– it prepared graduates to be more aware of the mechanisms of exploitation that operate within the creative industries?

– it stimulated students to become an active part in the critical debate around design by means of reflexive processes that encourage a problematisation of its different fields and contexts of action?

– it loved philosophy?


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