window874 welcomes you and invites you to join our Dialogues for emergent design!

Design is changing. We are interested in how design can contribute towards ALTERNATIVES…alternative connections, relationships, relations, economic opportunities, exchange systems, innovation platforms, collaborators, experiences, products, services, environments, spaces, governance and more. We believe design needs to look at how better to work with unused resources, untapped skills, redundant time, overlooked spaces and undernourished places. We see designing as a way of building trust, communities, cultures and new language that materialise life differently. We encourage you to join us to accelerate these alternatives by design.

Mission of window874:

A new public understanding of design
New design practices which generate positive societal impacts and regenerate nature
New spirit for designing, imagining and inspiring
Influential groups of people
Increase design’s cultural  ‘currency’
A new humility amongst designers

Experimentation, sharing and openness
More activism and positive impacts

Credibility of design as positive means of change and renewal
Design as an agent of culture

Negative economic, social and environmental impacts of design
Design as ego-centric practice

And who are we?

Alastair Fuad-Luke, Anja-Lisa Hirscher & Katharina Moebus
Emerging Design Practices
Room # 874, Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture, Helsinki, Finland/Berlin, Germany

Alastair Fuad-Luke (b. 1956, Manchester, UK) is Professor of Practice, Emerging Design Practices at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. He is a design thinker, facilitator, enabler, writer and activist contributing to the international debate about how design can encourage co-futuring and hence transition towards ecologically and socially sustainable ways of living. Author of Design Activism: Beautiful strangeness for a sustainable world, The Eco-design Handbook and The Eco-Travel Handbook, he works across academia, social communities and commercial enterprises. He is an advocate of diverse design approaches, including co-design, eco-design and slow design.

Katharina Moebus (b.1984, Hanover, Germany) is an independent designer and researcher who works and collaborates on self-initiated and commissioned projects with a focus on socio-political issues. Her work is motivated by the exploration of creative methods, existing resources, social situations, local cultures and alternatives. She believes that knowledge, creativity and collaboration are the main sources for societal imagination and therefore advocates life-long learning and DIY-culture. She has studied, lived and worked in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Finland and Laos. Currently, she is based in Berlin.

Anja-Lisa Hirscher (b. 1985, Kisslegg im Allgäu, Germany) is a graphic designer and recent graduate of Aalto ARTS – Creative Sustainability program. Within her master’s thesis she explored the possibilities of joyful participation in clothes making through design activism. She has worked as a freelance designer and workshop facilitator in the areas of graphic/media design, exhibition design, design for sustainability and participatory clothing design. In practice she explores opportunities to motivate and enable users to become active and skilled participants in the design process.

We value your feedback and encourage your contributions to our research of any sorts – be it an article, a link, a drawing, an image, a book recommendation, an interview with yourself, or simply your comments.

Contact us here:

alastair.fuad-luke@aalto.fi | katharina.moebus@gmail.com | al.hirscher@gmail.com

… or simply drop by in room 874, Hämeentie 135 C, 00560 Helsinki, Finland.


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