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

The fundamental question the project poses is:
how can designers, who through their work want to question and challenge the prevalent economic system, gain a satisfying degree of social and economic security without having to submit themselves to the commercial pressures of the market?  Read more ›

Construction site for non-affirmative practice

Constructive Dismantling

My Castle Is Your Castle

Precarity Pilot


Together with Caterina Giuliani we started to work on Precarity Pilot a follow up project to Designers’ Inquiry in which many of the aspects around precarious work and de-precarisation developed through this research project are disseminated.



Bianca passed the viva with Doina Petrescu (Architecture, Sheffield) and Matthew Fuller (Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths).
No corrections – which means time to think about dissemination!

Thesis bound and handed-in for viva


Just in time before the fellowship at Goldsmiths runs out, the thesis is bound and ready to be handed-in for the viva.

New Cross Commoners


To see the activities currently organised with the New Cross Commoners to investigate and experiment with practices of commoning, see: newxcommoners.wordpress.com

Construction site new web site


The Construction site for non-affirmative practice has a brand new website, which is being updated much more often than D.E.C.



Commons & Commoning; Dheisheh’s Common Green


To have a look at the works produced while at Campus in Camps please visit the following links:

Commons & Commoning

Dheisheh’s Common Green



At Campus in Camps


Until the beginning of December we will be working as “project activators” at Campus in Camps. This will give us the chance to think and work through our research on economic cultures in a complex context.

With the support of the project DE.MO./MOVIN’UP 2012

Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Direzione Generale per il paesaggio, le belle arti, l’architettura e l’arte contemporanea
with the participation of Direzione Generale per lo Spettacolo dal Vivo

GAI – Associazione per il Circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani

Publication: Conversations March 2011-February 2012


We included the first 9 conversations (CUP, Conway + Young, Islington Mill, Goldex Poldex, Feral Trade, Emma Hostel, Zoe Romano, image-shift and The Nonformal University of Teremiski) in a small publication, which is part of the exhibition Panorama 4 (16.06-30.09.2012, Franzensfeste-Fortezza). Visitors can assemble their publication and take it away.

Download the publication (zip, 2,1 Mb)

At Casco


The Construction site for non-affirmative practice has been invited by Casco to give a presentation on the 5th June at 7pm within the current exhibition “I Can’t Work Like This”.

Designers’ Inquiry on-line until the 20th June 2012 – please fill in the questionnaire


Designers’ Inquiry, a survey by the Construction site for non-affirmative practice on the socio-economic condition of designers today is on-line. Check the link for details. Or go directly to the on-line survey in English or Italian. It takes about 15-20 minutes.

Spread it widely please.

Cantieroteca is open


Cantieroteca, the archive of the Construction site for non-affirmative practice, is now open. Check the link for details.

Self-published materials wanted


Archivio del Cantiere
a project by Construction site for non-affirmative practice
in collaboration with Careof DOCVA

During this year’s Salone del Mobile (Milan, 17-22 April 2012), the collective Construction site for non-affirmative practice inaugurates the project “Archivio del Cantiere” (archive of the construction site) at – and in collaboration with – Careof, a non profit organization for the promotion of contemporary artistic research situated at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan.

Read on…

Friday Session – 24.02.2012, 7pm, at public works


Next Friday, Bianca will be talking about Designing Economic Cultures at public works’ studio, during one of their beloved Friday Sessions. The evening, titled “Sunday soup and other ways to feed culture”, is organised and curated by Matilde Martinetti, who is currently collaborating with public works.

Friday 24 February, 7pm
public works studio
1-5 Vyner Street
London E2

Designing and Transforming Capitalism


Tomorrow Bianca Elzenbaumer and Caterina Giuliani will give a talk at the Designing and Transforming Capitalism conference at Aarhus University (DK) titled “Construction site for non-affirmative practice: building collective support structures for critically-engaged designers”.



Giorgio Camuffo invited the Construction site for non-affirmative practice to give a talk on the 19th December at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy as part of the series Werkstattgespräche.

Poster by Stefano Capodieci / illustration inspired by J.K. Gibson-Graham



On the 13th December at 4pm the Construction site for non-affirmative practice will give a short lecture at Stefano Maffei’s class Factory@everywhere at the Politecnico di Milano.