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New Cross Commoners at RGS annual conference

Together with fellow commoners, Bianca will be speaking about the tensions and potentialities that emerge(d) when researching and experimenting with practices of commoning in the South London neighbourhood of New Cross.

The presentation is part of the panel From co-production to alternative futures (2): Creating commons, creating ‘other value’ organised by Andre Pusey and Vicky Habermehl. It aims to bring together critical geographers and researchers from affiliated disciplines to explore the contradictions, tensions and potentialities of co-production, in exploring ‘other values’, the common(s) and social change.

Royal Geographical Society- Annual Conference
29 August 2014 – 14.40-16.20
Room 165, Skempton Building
Imperial Collgee, London

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About learning and design

Our text contribution “Design education as a practice of freedom?” was published in the book About learning and design, edited by Giorgio Camuffo, Maddalena Dalla Mura and Alvise Mattozzi. The text originated from a discussion we had in March 2013 with Sophie Demay, Dunia Gensler, Gaja Meznaric Osole, Paolo Plotegher and Marcela Teran. Soon we should have a section on the site with some of our published texts.


Do it together – laboratorio



We are delighted to run a three-day workshop – together with Caterina Giuliani – within the programme Do it together in Lecce (IT) from 29 to 31 July 2014. The programme is organised by Make People Do and takes places within the framework Laboratori dal Basso.

Here you can download the full programme of Do it together.

Makers’ Inquiry – participate


We’re supporting the inquiry on the condition of “makers” promoted by the Department of Design at the Politecnico of Milan: (in Italian only)

Workshop: What it means to win

On the 19th July at 3pm, within the context of the exhibition “Making Room – Spaces of Anticipation” at ar/ge kunst (running until the 2nd August), we’ll host a workshop together with Paolo Plotegher to introduce a research strand in collaboration with this Kunstverein.

The workshop will revolve around themes such as the ambitions, desires and economies that drive cultural production and it will draw on the results of a questionnaire, which people can respond to at ar/ge kunst or online, and that was inspired by a story told by Michel Serres in his book The Troubadour of Knowledge.

The questionnaire can be compiled in:

In order to participate in the workshop it is necessary to send an e-mail to


AIAP Design Per 2014

Together with Caterina Giuliani and as part of the Cantiere per pratiche non-affermative we’ll participate in the roundtable discussion “Tavola rotonda sulle pratiche professionali nella contemporaneità. Tra tradizione e nuove forme” (Contemporary professional practice. Between tradition and new forms), which is part of the yearly event AIAP Design Per, this year taking place in Genova, Italy. We’re happy that also Andrea Facchetti of Unità di Crisi /Krisis will be contributing to the afternoon.


Making Room. Spaces of Anticipation

Together with Paolo Plotegher, we’re starting a research for and with ar/ge kunst, Bolzano’s Kunstverein. The starting point for this will be our contribution to the exhibition “Making Room. Spaces of Anticipation”, curated by Emanuele Guidi and Lorenzo Sandoval.


Campus in Camps

The university programme Campus in Camps keeps rolling and we were totally flashed when we found this picture in the mail yesterday.


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At Multiply Futures

Next Friday we’ll be contributing to the Multiply Futures symposium at the Kunstuniversität Linz (AT).


Precarity Pilot placeholder site online

While the web site for the Cantiere’s new project Precarity Pilot is slowly being built, we put online a placeholder site with the initial concept. Please help us circulate it amongst people and institutions you think could be interested in hosting one of the workshops. Thank you.


Design der Zukunft / book

A revisited version of our contribution to the conference “Design der Zukunft II” (“Design of the Future II”), which took place last year at the Media Design course of the Duale Hochschule Baden Württenberg Ravensburg, is included in the publication carrying the same title (eds. Cornelia Lung & Holger Lund).


New entries


We finally managed to update the website with the latest projects and workshops we worked on. Please have a look.

Designers’ Inquiry (2012-2013)
Paradise by design? (2013)
An hour, a month, a year (2013)

Department 21 in the books

1. “Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education”, edited by Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees. “Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education documents an international mix of experimental, reflexive and speculative projects made by students, educators and practitioners who continue to question how and why graphic design is studied and practiced.”


2. “Speculative Strategies in Interdisciplinary Arts Practice”, edited by Jane Calow, Daniel Hinchcliffe and Laura Mansfield. “The book brings together specially written chapters by contributors from a range of disciplines including visual arts, performance, dance, architecture, communication design and sociology. Many of the authors’ analyses employ vivid accounts of arts projects accompanied by full colour images.”


Architecture after Revolution

The book giving a comprehensive account of DAAR, a long-term project and architectural collective we participated in and contributed to back in 2008, has been published. Our intervention Hotel Oush Grab and what happened afterwards at the evacuated Israeli military base is featured in the chapter “Return to Nature”.


It’s Not Very Nice That (21.02-27.04)

After Bianca successfully passed her PhD viva without corrections (!), we’ll be showing a selection of works generated over the past three years within the framework of Designing Economic Cultures at “It’s Not Very Nice That: Graphic Design and Politics“, an exhibition curated by Neil McGuire with Cat Rossi as Consultant Curator.

The exhibition is programmed by The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, in association with the Glasgow School of Art.



Really Causally Arranged

On the 16th January we will run a small workshop focussing on education at the Royal College of Art in Architecture’s ADS3: Architecture and Activism, coordinated by public works (Andreas Lang, Torange Khonsari) and Francesco Sebregondi.

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Workshop brief

Akademie Schloss Solitude – Jan-Jun 2014


From January to June 2014, we’ll be fellows at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.


New Cross Commoners – publication


Since February 2013, together with the New Cross Commoners, we’ve been exploring the commons and practices of commoning in our local neighbourhood in London. From this collective engagement, which comprised reading groups, site visits, radical history walks, workshops and visits by other commoners, we’ve now produced a first publication in order to share our process with others.

Download the pdf-version of the publication.

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At LCC for the project Critical Mass


On December 5th, we’ll be contributing to the launch of Critical Mass – A creative catalyst for positive change at the London College of Communication. This curriculum-embedded project – coordinated by Sarah Temple and Tara Hanrahan – examines sustainable challenges and establishes ethical design-thinking via university and public engagement.

Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating publication

We’re happy that the proceedings of the conference “Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating”, which we contributed to in June 2012 have been published.