1st Edition

Design and Political Dissent Spaces, Visuals, Materialities

Edited By Jilly Traganou Copyright 2021
    324 Pages 16 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 16 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 16 Color & 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines, through an interdisciplinary lens, the relationship between political dissent and processes of designing.

    In the past twenty years, theorists of social movements have noted a diversity of visual and performative manifestations taking place in protest, while the fields of design, broadly defined, have been characterized by a growing interest in activism. The book’s premise stems from the recognition that material engagement and artifacts have the capacity to articulate political arguments or establish positions of disagreement. Its contributors look at a wide array of material practices generated by both professional and nonprofessional design actors around the globe, exploring case studies that vary from street protests and encampments to design pedagogy and community-empowerment projects.

    For students and scholars of design studies, urbanism, visual culture, politics, and social movements, this book opens up new perspectives on design and its place in contemporary politics.

    1. Introduction

    Jilly Traganou


    Part 1: Visuals and Objects of Protest

    2. The Green Stripe: The Color of Identification

    Victoria Hattam

    3. Strategies of Creative Dissent under the People’s Republic of China’s ‘One China Policy’

    Kyle Kwok

    4. The Slovene Zombie Uprising

    Ksenija Berk

    5. The Distribution of Abilities: Disability, Dissent, and Design Activism by the Gothenburg Cooperative for Independent Living

    Otto Von Busch and Hanna af Ekström

    Part 2: Artifacts in the Afterlife of Protest

    6. Art of the March: Archiving Aesthetics of the Women’s March—Interviews with Alessandra Renzi, Dietmar Offenhuber, Siqi Zhu, Christopher Pietsch, and Navarjun Singh

    Grace Van Ness and Prakash Krishnan

    7. Dissent, Design of Territory, and Design of Memory: The Museum of Slavery and Freedom at the Valongo Wharf, Rio de Janeiro

    Barbara Szaniecki and Ana Helena da Fonseca

    8. Beautiful Trouble: A Pattern Language of Creative Resistance—An Interview with Nadine Bloch

    Evren Uzer

    Response to Section 1

    9. Response to Section 1. The Objects of Political Creativity

    James Jasper


    Part 1: Political Contention by Design

    10. Vulnerable Critical Makings: Migrant Smuggling by Boats and Border Transgression

    Mahmoud Κeshavarz

    11. The Madrid Hologram Protest and the Democratic Potential of Visuality

    Ksenija Berk

    12. Data Acquisition, Data Analytics, and Data Articulations: DIY Accountability Tools and Resistance in Indonesia—An Interview with Irendira Radjawali of Drone Academy, Indonesia

    Alessandra Renzi

    13. Politics of Design Activism—From Impure Politics to Parapolitics

    Thomas Markussen

    Part 2: Spaces of Contestation and Prefiguration

    14. The Agonistic Design of Conflict Kitchen

    Veronica Uribe

    15. Events and Ecologies of Design and Urban Activism: From Downtown São Paulo to the Peripheries

    Kristine Samson

    16. Temporarily Open: A Brazilian Design School’s Experimental Approaches against the Dismantling of Public Education: A Conversation on Design Pedagogy as Dissent.

    Zoy Anastassakis, Marcos Martins, Lucas Nonno, Juliana Paolucci, and Jilly Traganou

    17. Designing Post-carbon Futures: The Prefigurative Politics of the Transition Movement

    Emily Hardt

    18. Occupied Theater Embros: Designing and Maintaining the Commons in Athens under Crisis—An Interview with Eleni Tzirtzilaki

    Orsalia Dimitriou

    Response to Section 2

    19. Response to Section 2. Designing while Dissenting while Dissenting while Designing: A Response in Counterpoint

    Zoy Anastassakis


    Jilly Traganou is an architect, and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Parsons School of Design, The New School. She is co-editor-in chief of Design and Culture, and author of Designing the Olympics: Representation, Participation, Contestation (Routledge, 2016).

    "... lively and timely... the volume is a welcome addition to the growing literature on design and politics. It will interest researchers and teachers of design as well as social life, while also being accessible, at least in part, to a more practice-oriented readership."

    --Design and Culture

    "Design and Political Dissent is a far-reaching and ambitious book not only in its intellectual and geographical scope, but also in its diversity of topics and formats."

    --Journal of Design History