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Commons in Design

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  • What does commoning imply for the design discipline, and the role of designers?
  • Focuses on dynamic, relational, social processes within design
  • With many case studies from various parts of the globe
  • Selected by the Student Jury of The Best Dutch Book Designs of 2023!

Editor: Christine Schranz

Contributors: Rachel Armstrong, Errantry Media Lab (Max Stearns & Nathalie Attallah), Yuhe Ge, Juan Gomez, Luis Guerra, Katherin Gutiérrez Herrera, Cyrus Khalatbari, Rilla Khaled, Cindy Kohtala, Torange Khonsari, Álvaro Mercado Jara, Nan O’Sullivan, Victoria Paeva, Sharon Prendeville, Zoe Romano, Gregoire Rousseau, Daniela Salgado Cofré, Christine Schranz, Elpitha Tsoutsounakis, Eva Verhoeven, Jennifer Whitty

Support: Swiss National Science Foundation

Design: Virginie Gauthier, Zuzana Kostelanská, Maud Vervenne

August 2023, Valiz with Swiss National Science Foundation | pb | 23 x 16,5 cm (h x w) | 352 pp. | English | ISBN 978-94-93246-30-0 | € 29,50
Open-access free PDF: ISBN 978-94-93246-31-7

In the media:
Click here to read the review of Commons in Design by Bulent Akman on Canadian Interiors (15 January 2024)

The scarcity of resources, climate change, and the digitalization of everyday life are fuelling the economy of swapping, sharing, and lending—all of which are in some way linked to a culture of commoning. In this context, we understand commons as community-based processes that use, collectively manage, and organize generally accessible resources—referring to both goods and knowledge. Commons in Design explores the meaning and impact of commons—especially knowledge-based peer commons—and acts of commoning in design. It discusses networked, participatory, and open procedures based on the commons and commoning, testing models that negotiate the use of commons within design processes. In doing so, it critically engages with questions regarding designers’ positionings, everyday practices, self-understandings, ways of working, and approaches to education.