Design for the Real World Today
Join members of the RISD community and Professor Alison J. Clarke, University of Applied Arts Vienna, to discuss Victor Papanek’s influential 1971 book Design for the Real World. Papanek challenged designers to remake their profession by questioning the imperatives of modernism and commercialism and developing a practice critically attuned to social and environmental issues around the world. Passages from the book will be examined together and discussion will focus on the ongoing relevance of Papanek’s ideas, particularly in relation to the role of design in addressing challenges of global exchange and sustainability.
This program is planned in conjunction with Clarke’s lecture on October 4 , Victor Papanek: Design, Ecology, and Global Activism.
Free with admission.