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


The following is a short description of the practitioners that, after having responded to the open call by Brave New Alps, participated in the collectivized residency at Careof (Milan) in September and October 2011:

AUT is a collective of product and communication designers based in Venice. With their project Quisai they are attempting to reformulate the connection between designers, Italian production clusters and circuits of distribution through the production of objects for the table.

Brave New Alps is a collective operating in the area of communication design, who in their work focus on social and political issues. They are also engaged in research activities around education in the field of design.

Stefano Capodieci is an illustrator and graphic designer. In his infographics and maps he preferably treats the relations between the envioronment, technology and health.

Isacco Chiaf is combining infographics and performance in his works. In his last project he analysed the illegal traffic of small arms managed by the Italian company Beretta. At the moment he is financing his activities through subversive DIY marketing.

Francesca Coluzzi is a designer operating in the area of visual culture through methods of collective investigation.

Caterina Giuliani is an illustrator and graphic designer with a particular interest in the critical discourse around visual communication. She is coordinating the online platform Call for Criticism, an on-line archive of critical texts on graphic design.

Manuel Guadagnini works in the area of visual communication. His practice aims at creating discussions around social phenomena.

Giovanna Zanghellini is a designer creating objects that incorporate narratives around social and political issues.