Mobilization as Method in Design Activism
A new book, “Architecture & Design versus Consumerism: How Design Activism Confronts Growth,” explores the “meaning gap” between the potential in architecture and design for social good and the commercialism and consumerism that serve as context for the professions. Designers concerned with transforming cities for ecological sustainability face the challenge of engaging (or re-engaging) people with urban places. How to signal the need for a more hospitable urban environment? Drawing upon longstanding methods for political activism, design can be applied in concert with mobilization.
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