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Designing Economic Cultures

Designing Economic Cultures is a research project by design duo Brave New Alps that sets out to investigate the relationship between socio-economic precarity and the production of socially and politically engaged design projects.

The fundamental question that the project poses at its outset is: how can designers, who through their work want to question and challenge the prevalent capitalist system, its organisational forms and its problematic consequences, gain a satisfying degree of social and economic security without having to submit themselves to the commercial pressures of the market?

In other words, how can designers, who have a critically engaged practice, keep on developing this practice without selling themselves off or being crushed by the market?

Designing Economic Cultures
is an attempt to articulate, develop and share a wide range of tactics and structures that allow designers to produce work that contributes to the development of a more autonomous, democratic and heterogeneous society.

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