Open Seminar: Social Design and Aesthetics

Seminario organizzato dal programma di dottorato in Design:
Social Design and Aesthetics. A lecture reflecting on the aesthetics of services
tenuto dal Prof. Ilpo Koskinen - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Giovedì, 30 giugno ore 12.00
presso Polifactory, edificio B3, Politecnico di Milano - Campus Candiani

Social design has gained importance over the last ten years, which has seen the rise of concepts like social design, socially responsible design, design activism, social innovation, and new social design.
Social design has expanded the domain of design, but it has also led to losses in some of the constitutive vocabularies of design.
This presentation asks what happens to aesthetic concepts when design loses its connection to material reality.
Does aesthetic disappear, or just change its form?
It examines this question by studying recent examples of social design from Asia, Europe, and South America. It argues that currently, there are three prevailing aesthetics in design: agonistic, convivial and conceptual.
It also argues that these lead designers into different ways of understanding their role in bringing forth change, and also into what role products, visuals, spaces and interactive technologies can take in change.

Ilpo Koskinen has worked as a professor of industrial design since 1999. His main research interests have been in mobile multimedia, the relationship of design and cities, and methodology in design research. His most recent book is “Design through Research: From Lab, Field, Showroom” (Morgan Kaufmann, October 2011). His current research interest is social design. He has been working as professor in Helsinki, Aarhus, Melbourne, and Hong Kong, which is his current location.

DIPARTIMENTO DI DESIGN

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COMITATO DI REDAZIONE

Marita Canina,  Paola Checchi, Alberto Colorni, Annalinda De Rosa, Giulia Gerosa, Ilaria Mariani, Francesca Piredda, Lucia Rampino, Anne Schoonbrodt, Carlo Emilio Standoli, Lia Tagliavini

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