Talk/Discussion Friedrich von Borries: Is Design Political?

Friedrich v Borries / 1.Mai-Demo, Berlin 2013 Photo: RLF

Thu, 10/06/2016

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

48 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Friedrich v Borries / 1.Mai-Demo, Berlin 2013

Fall Discussion Series: Crossing Ideas

Design becomes political when we see more in it than the shaping of our environment’s surfaces. Friedrich von Borries, architect and professor of Design Theory at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK), talks about his concept of design as an emancipatory praxis that intervenes in the world in order to change and improve it.

He is in conversation with Silvia Benedito (Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture / Coordinator, MDes Art, Design and the Public Domain) and Sonja Dümpelmann (Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture / Coordinator, MDes History and Philosophy of Design).

Friedrich von Borries, architect and professor of Design Theory at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, Germany, operates at the intersection of urban planning, architecture, design, and art. His work focuses on the relationship between design practice and socio-political developments. "As scientists we try to comprehend the world. As designers we try to change it. We engage with the big questions of our time―global economic inequality, environmental destruction and climate change, technologies of surveillance, and security policies―by drawing on the tools of both, research and design.«

Presented in cooperation with Harvard Graduate School of Design (MDes Art, Design & the Public Domain and History & Philosophy of Design).

Additional discussion with Friedrich v Borries:
Wednesday, October 5, 12:00 pm
Northeastern University
Ryder Hall 320
11 Leon Street
Boston, MA
Respondent: Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor of Art and Design and Public Policy
Free & open to the public

Presented in cooperation with Art and Design Program, Northeastern University

This lecture is part of the global discussion/debate series "Kritikmaschine," organized by the Goethe-Institut and Kursbuch, one of Germany's leading intellectual magazines.