Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé (eds) (2011) DESIGN ACT: Socially and politically engaged design today. Berlin: Sternberg/Iaspis. ISBN 978-91-978882-1-9

"DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today – critical roles and emerging tactics is a book that presents and discusses contemporary design practices that engage with political and societal issues. Since 2009, the Iaspis project DESIGN ACT has been highlighting and discussing practices in which designers have been engaging critically as well as practically in such issues. Itself an example of applied critical thinking and experimental tactics, the process behind the DESIGN ACT project is considered as a curatorial, participatory and open-ended activity. DESIGN ACT has developed through an online archive, public events and an international network. This book complements the project, presenting historical and contemporary perspectives, a discussion of emerging themes and tactics, and platforms discussing the role of designers today. The book is produced by Iaspis in collaboration with the Interactive Institute, co-published by Sternberg Press in 2011, and edited by the initiators of the DESIGN ACT project, Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé." (excerpts from the book)

The book features texts by Ana Betancour, Otto von Busch, Mauricio Corbalan, Pelin Derviş, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, Magnus Ericson, Joseph Grima, Peter Lang, Yanki Lee, Tor Lindstrand, Natasha Marie Llorens, Helena Mattsson, Ramia Mazé, Ou Ning, Doina Petrescu, Meike Schalk, and Christina Zetterlund.

The book also includes descriptions of 36 projects from the DESIGN ACT archive by: A+URL, Camilla Andersson, Anti-Advertising Agency, Jon Ardern and Benedict Singleton, atelier d’architecture autogérée, Otto von Busch, Constant in collaboration with Recyclart, City Mine(d) and Speculoos, Dunne & Raby, eskyiu, Fantastic Norway, Aslı Kıyak İngin and Teike Asselbergs, International Festival with Front, Natalie Jeremijenko and the xClinic staff, Yanki Lee with Paula Dib, live|work, m7red, MINE, muf, New Beauty Council, Josh On, Marjetica Potrč and STEALTH in collaboration with A5 Arkitekter, Michael Rakowitz, Raumlaborberlin, Hannah le Roux, School of Missing Studies/Centrala – Foundation for Future Cities, Stalker, Think Public, Unsworn Industries and Zoom Architecture

Co-authored chapters

Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé, 'Introduction', 6-11, 'Reflection', 277-297, 'About', 11-15 and 298-327, 'WHAT', 16-18, 'HOW', 102-109, and 'WHERE', 156-162.

Ramia Mazé and Natasha Marie Llorens, 'HOW does it happen and what does it take', 110-155.

More about the book
Iaspis press release
Interactive Institute press release

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See also

/ Projects / DESIGN ACT

/ Publications / Plöjel, M., Mazé, R., Olausson, L., Redström, J., and Zetterlund, C. (eds) (2013) Share This Book.