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A Matter of Design: Everyday Life

by Redazione FGB [1], 8 August 2014

(continued from previous post [2])

Fondazione Giannino Bassetti contributed to the organization of the 5th STS Italia Conference "A Matter of Design. Making Society through Science & Technology [3]", that was held in Milan, Italy, June 12 through 14, 2014, in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano Doctoral School in Design.

We make available the video of the lecture by Elizabeth Shove (Lancaster University):
"The Design of Everyday Life"

"In this talk I explore the potential for theoretical cross-fertilisation between STS, material culture/ consumption, and design research. I argue that suitably materialised theories of social practice provide a means of making connections between these disciplines, and of generating new ways of thinking about the design of everyday life. My method is to discuss a handful of examples chosen to illustrate specific theoretical challenges. In talking about home DIY projects, I push STS concepts of scripting and delegation to the limit; a discussion of digital photography reveals a dynamic ecology of products and practices; my account of plastic brings the material back into studies of material culture, and a discussion of kitchens forces us to confront complicated questions about the relation between artefacts, infrastructures and social practices. In the last part of the talk I bring some of these ideas together and consider their implications for processes of product design."

Also available on our Vimeo account [4].

The other Plenary Sessions:
Charis Thompson (London School of Economics):
"Good Science: Designing for Reproductive and Regenerative Ethics [5]"
Kjetil Fallan (University of Oslo):
"Our Common Future: Joining Forces for Histories of Sustainable Design [6]".
Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University):
"Imagined and Invented Worlds: The Three Symmetries of STS [7]".

Here the entire video album "A Matter of Design" >>> [8]

Here [9] some photos.


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