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Making other worlds possible – disruptive innovators

This is the presentation with which we contributed to the Making Other Worlds Possible sessions that focused on disruptive innovators during the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago, in April 2015.

Precarity Pilot: exceedig precarising models of design practice from Brave New Alps

The sessions were organised by Stephen Healy and Katherine Gibson from the Community Economies Research Network.

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Interview with Blackbark for Precarity Pilot



New interview with Hywel from Blackbark published on Precarity Pilot. Inspiring stuff!


What it means to win / che significa vincere / was es heisst zu gewinnen – workshop II

…a game, a competition, the formulation of a strategy… but who is one fighting with, why and in which context?

The second of a series of workshops we are facilitating together with Paolo Plotegher at ar/ge kunst in Bozen-Bolzano. This time also in collaboration with the economist and community organiser Michael Schlauch.

ar/ge kunst
Saturday, 11 April 2015
2pm to 6pm

Glocal Design Spring in Bozen-Bolzano


On Saturday 27 March, as part of the conference Glocal Design Spring at the University of Bozen-Bolzano, we will discuss and brainstorm around our new research project COMUNfARE.

Making other worlds possible – Chicago


On April 21, we will discuss Precarity Pilot with fellow members of the Community Economies Research Network. This will happen during the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago.

Making Other Worlds Possible V: The Role of Disruptive Innovation and New Political Imaginaries
21 April 2015 – 4:40 PM – 6:20 PM
Comiskey, Hyatt, West Tower, Bronze Level, Chicago

Design Latitudes – University of Alberta


Precarity Pilot will be part of the exhibition Design Latitudes at the University of Alberta, Canada. The exhibition maps the innovations, influences and future directions of design studies in the north.

May 12 to June 6, 2015
Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta
Edmonton (53.53° N), Canada
Opening reception: May 21, 7 to 10 pm

Urban Makers, Makers Economies

We’re involved in the organisation of the seminar Urban Makers, Makers Economies at SSoA on the 18 March 2015. Will be a great afternoon!


The font used for the title is Biko, by our friend Marco Ugolini.

Here the introduction text written by STEALTH.unlimited:

Increasingly, citizens find themselves jointly re-inventing part of urban life, and with that, part of urban economy. “We, the citizens” behind these initiatives are a broad range of neighbourhood activists, artists, spatial practitioners, architects, and many others trying to give urban life a new horizon. They are determined to take things into their own (collective) hands, to address existential needs (housing, workspace, work) or fundamentally reshape the city away from the terrain of speculative development and financialization into something that provides a ground for all of us.

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Modes of Criticism 1

A text on Precarity Pilot is out on ‘Modes of Criticism 1‘ – a new design magazine/journal edited by Francisco Laranjo. In the text, we focus on the context out of which the project grew, the goals we work towards and the methods we are using.


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Now then Warsaw!

Come and join us for an evening of art and design produced by a diverse group of practitioners from Leeds College of Art in response to a field trip to Warsaw.

Lots of conversations, Yorkshire tea and biscuits provided!

Monday, 2 March 2015
17:00 – 19:30
CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, AIR-Laboratory

Coloured suitcases at 72dpi
Image: Sally Cooke

Precarity Pilot at the RCA


On Friday, 20 February and 6 March, we will be strategising around design, value-practices and ways of organising with 22 Visual Communication students of the Royal College of Art.

Curious to learn what people want to move with their practice and what plans for resilience we can come up with!

PhD by Design at Leeds College of Art


On Thursday the 14th May 2015, we are organising a PhD by Design study and workshop day titled ‘Making knowledge travel: exploring modes of dissemination for practice-based design research’ at Leeds College of Art.

The topic of the day is inspired by the many questions raised around research dissemination during the PhD by Design conference at Goldsmiths in November 2014. Through this study day, we want to make space for tentative yet innovative ideas rather than gathering around polished knowledge and methods of dissemination. Everyone attending will also be presenting and contribute to create a supportive environment for discussion and exploration.

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Precarity Pilot Leeds


Today, the monthly Precarity Pilot workshop series is kicking off in Leeds.
Really looking forward to the great mix of people that singed up!

The dates for the next workshops in the city are:
Thursday, 12 March 2015 – venue tbc
Thursday, 16 April 2015 – venue tbc

Forest Law

A few days ago we got our copies of Forest Law / Selva Juridica, the artist book that is part of Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares’s new project Forest Law, and which we designed last summer. It was printed on recycled paper by the worker co-operative Thomson Shore.


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Exercises in political design


The current issue of Interni Magazine features an article by our friend Chiara Alessi, in which she briefly talks about our new project COMUNfARE, which represents an attempt to root our practice in the place where we want to live and work, in the Lagarina Valley in Trentino, Northern Italy.

At Schumacher College


Last Wednesday, we discussed our work with the students of the newly established MA in Ecological Design Thinking at the legendary Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon.

D&I Debates at CSM: For love or for money?

On Wednesday, 21 January 2015, we’ll be taking part in a debate organised by Luise Vormittag. With illustrator Jake Steel and the BA students in Graphic Design, we’ll debate what it takes to make a living in the creative industries.

D&I Debates: For love or for money? Passion and precarity in the creative industries
21 January 2015
11.30am to 1pm
Central Saint Martins

Precarity Pilot website online

The brand new Precarity Pilot website with loads of useful/interesting materials collected and created over the last year or so if finally online – congratulations everyone!


People and groups who have contributed to so far in various forms are 26’10 South Architects, Åbäke, Geetika Alok, Jody Boehnert/ecolabs, Francesca Coluzzi, Footprint Co-op, Formes Vives, Dario Galli, Tabea Glahs, Valeria Graziano, Elaine W. Ho, Kultivator, Make People Do, Gaja Mežnaric Osole, Paolo Plotegher, Precarious Workers Brigade, Škart, and Ultrared. The beautiful design was done by Gaja Mežnaric Osole.

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On South as a State of Mind

A four-pages feature on Precarity Pilot came out on the magazine South as a State of Mind (issue #5) – published by Kunsthalle Athena in Greece. You can get the magazine here.


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PhD by Design conference in London







The PhD by Design conference is coming up.

Organised in collaboration with Maria Portugal and Alison Thomson.