Designing Futures

Z33 Debates: Designing Futures
Design Week Milan

“Showing nothing, meaning more”

In a series of in-depth interviews in Atelier Clerici, Z33 rethinks what design can mean in and for the future. Topics are: design and future thinking, the practice of exhibiting design, design mentorship and collaborative learning, and design discourse and critique. What can design mean for future thinking? What is the value of design exhibitions and biennials? Is there room for a European Design Parliament; a Manifesta for design? What is the role of mentorship and collaboration in design? And finally, what can Design Week Milan mean for the development of design discourse and critique?

For Z33, these debates and questions are not merely critical notes. They are at the core of design practice and design thinking. The relocation of Z33 in Milan from Ventura Lambrate to Palazzo Clerici can be considered as a symbolical gesture, indicating that Z33 aims to bring this debate from the periphery to the centre.

z33-debates_jagermann-tshafrir_2014 April 14, 2014Studio Future

Discourse and Critique. Interview with Johanna Agermann Ross and Tamar Shafrir

by Z33

Jan Boelen, Johanna Agermann Ross of Disegno magazine and  freelance design writer and critic Tamar Shafrir discuss the role of design discourse and critique at the horizon of Milan Design Week. Text Karen Verschooren Duration 01:03:35, in Engli... Read more »

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z33-debates_abakker_rmakkink_2014 April 11, 2014Studio Future

Mentorship and Collaboration. Interview with Aldo Bakker and Rianne Makkink

by Karen Verschooren

In the third debate, Jan Boelen, Aldo Bakker and Rianne Makkink discuss their practice of mentorship and collaboration in their role as teachers at the Design Academy Eindhoven, in their own studios, and as mentors in the upcoming design biennial BIO... Read more »

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z33-debates_jgrima_2014 April 9, 2014Studio Future

Practice of Exhibiting. Interview with Joseph Grima

by Karen Verschooren

In the second Z33 Debate, 'Practice of Exhibiting,' Jan Boelen and Joseph Grima discuss the background and their ideas for a 'European Design Parliament.' Text Karen Verschooren Duration 00:51:23, in English. Functioning in a (design) world, w... Read more »

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z33-debates_trevell_2014 April 8, 2014Studio Future

Future Thinking. Interview with Tobias Revell

by Karen Verschooren

In the first Z33 Debate, 'Future Thinking,' Jan Boelen and Tobias Revell explore a series of questions related to design and future thinking. Whereas all designers design for the future, some do it more intentionally than others; for some, proposing ... Read more »

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