Designing Economic Cultures

Designing Economic Cultures is a three year long research project that Brave New Alps have been carrying on since January 2011 investigating the relationship between socio-economic precarity and the production of socially and politically engaged design projects. The main question they are trying to answer is: how can designers, who through their work want to question and challenge the prevalent economic system with its organisational forms and problematic consequences, gain a satisfying degree of social and economic security without having to submit themselves to the commercial pressures of the market? I was one of the persons involved for the interviews and here’s the result. ——— CONVERSATION This conversation was held in Zoe’s kitchen in Milan in February 2012. Bianca Elzenbaumer: Considering all the creative activist groups you have initiated and been part of, we are wondering what path brought you to be so thoroughly engaged with precarity. Could you trace your path for us? Zoe Romano: At the beginning I

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One big island over the ocean/Una grande isola nell’oceano

(EN) That’s what the world is for the american architect and futurist Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller who, in 1946 created and patented the Dymaxion map of the Earth, a projection of a global map onto the surface of a polyhedron. I was reminded of this map by the notes from the panel Cartography of Protest and Social Changes at the Conflux Festival, taken by one of the explorers of we-make-money-not-art. If you like maps and strive to bring social change the infos contained in these notes are an excellent starting point. _________ (IT) Questo è il mondo per l’architetto e futurologo americano Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller che, nel 1946 ha creato e brevettato il Planisfero Dymaxion, una proiezione del globo terrestre sulla superficie di un poliedro. La mappa mi è tornata alla memoria leggendo gli appunti presi da uno degli esploratori di we-make-money-not-art , al panel su Cartografia della protesta e Cambiamenti Sociali al Conflux Festival. Se ti piacciono le mappe e

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