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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.


At Camberwell Space


We will be contributing to the symposium Uncertain Outcomes in the Collaborative Process at Camberwell Space on November 21, 2.30am to 4.30am, London.
The symposium is part of the exhibition All Things Considered, which brings together the works of an on-going collaboration between twelve art students based in London and Barcelona.

Workshop at UWE, Bristol

On Monday 21st October, we’ll conduct a workshop with about eighty 3rd year students on the Graphic Design course at the University of the West of England in Bristol. An account of the day should be published soon.


Stephen Knott on D21

Stephen Knott , one of the early participants of Department 21 , wrote a beautiful text about the project, which was published on the book Collaboration through Craft, edited by Amanda Ravetz, Alice Kettle and Helen Felcey. Thank you Stephen!


At By design or by disaster

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On the 27th and 28th September, together with the South Tyrolean association Adam & Epfl, we will be leading a workshop at the hands-on conference By design or by disaster at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano.

To find out more about the conference that reflects on how designers can contribute to a transition towards sustainable futures and to register for the workshop, visit: By design or by disaster, 26-28 September 2013

Camminando Ascoltando


Next week, together with Lucia Farinati , we’ll lead a workshop in the frame of the festival Futuro Presente in Rovereto, Italy. The core of the four days will be a soundwalk, during which a personal selection of places in Rovereto will be visited and listened to by the group of participants. During the following days the experiences and impressions of the group will be discussed and sound recordings will be made, which then will be played during a conclusive public event.

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, 10.30-13.30 & 14.30-17.30
Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June, 17.00-20.00
Tuesday 18 June, 20.00-22.00 conclusive event

Download the complete program of the workshop in Italian

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On Designing Invasions

Brave New Winter and Intacta Ltd. are included in the book Designing Invasions – A study on the military nature of mass tourism by Alessandro Santarossa.


At The Politics of Workers’ Inquiry


On the 3rd May 2013, Bianca along with Caterina Giuliani from the Construction site will present the project Designers’ Inquiry at the conference “The Politics of Workers’ Inquiry, which will take place at the University of Essex in Colchester, UK.

D21 on Abitare

A text by Department 21 & Pippa Koszerek was included in the contribution “ALPHABETALOG – An anti-manifesto” by the Design Academy Eindhoven for the February issue of Abitare.


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At Design der Zukunft


On April 26 and 27, we’ll contribute to the symposium “Design der Zukunft” (Design of the Future) at the Duale-Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Ravensburg.

Designers’ Inquiry publication launch


On the 9th April, in combination with the opening of the Milan Design Week, we are launching the publication of the results that emerged from the Designers’ Inquiry questionnaire.

Go to the publication’s dedicated web site in order to buy it or download it as pdf

Designers’ Inquiry is an investigation into the social and economic profile of who today defines him or herself as “designer”. The project was launched in April 2012 through an anonymous online questionnaire, which in two months collected the responses of 767 designers operating in Italy. The publication Designers’ Inquiry is the account of the data and the testimonies collected.


The publication will be for sale* in printed form at Careof DOCVA, a space for contemporary cultural production at the Fabbrica del Vapore. Furthermore, we will be roving around the city to distribute the report in various locations with a mobile stall. Keep an eye open for the flag:


* The price of the booklet (A4, printed on Risograph) is 3€ for one copy and 4€ for two. The raised money will be used to cover the production costs.

At Design Culture Salon


Next Tuesday at 7pm we’ll participate in the discussion “How does design function in a recession?” , which is part of the Design Culture Salon series at the V&A.