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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

Beat capitalism with a carrot – with Tomek Sikora

In this seminar Tomek from the Warsaw Food Cooperative introduced us to the way their informal group organises around the purchase and distribution of food.

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DIY cultural practices in Moldova before and after 1989 – seminar with Teodor Ajder

Moldovan artist and writer Teodor Ajder introduced us to a number of cultural DIY initiatives that had taken form in the satellite states of the Soviet Union, with a special focus on Moldova.

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DIY culture and autonomy in the everyday before and after 1989 – seminar with Adrian Zandberg

Adrian Zandberg, an expert of the cooperative movement and member of the Warsaw Food Cooperative, introduced us to the roots of cooperatives in Poland and discussed what is still existing on the ground today.

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The relation to public space in Poland – seminar with Piotr Juskowiak and Jakub Szczesny

During this seminar we investigated peoples’ relation to public space in Poland. Together with our invited guests Piotr Juskowiak (human geographer) and Jakub Szczesny (architect) on one hand we explored the theoretical framework that surrounds many of the issues related to public space and on the other hand we learned about a number of projects initiated by architect Jakub Szczesny that suggest different ways of engagement with public space.

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