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

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.

The “Archivio del Cantiere” wants to be a point of reference and connection for a collective practice-led research on alternative values within design, in order to reconsider designerly approaches to contemporary questions.
One section of the archive will be dedicated to self-publishing initiatives that focus on social, economic and environmental issues like precarity, alternative economics, the concept of the commons, collective and militant research, alternative design practices, etc.
The project develops from the desire of creating a repository for non-commercial editorial productions, where a wide audience can access the materials and where producers and readers can get in touch with each other.

We thus invite all those who have self-published materials related to the issues cited above to contribute to the archive.
The collected materials will be catalogued and made accessible to the public. For the purposes of cataloguing we ask you to compile the bibliographic form you find at the end of this post.

The self-published materials can be send or handed in at the following address until the 13th of April:
Careof – Fabbrica del Vapore, Via Procaccini 4, 20154 Milano.
Please specify on the package “materials for the “Archivio del Cantiere”.

For a direct delivery you can meet us in:
Bozen-Bolzano, Latina, London, Rome, Rotterdam, Rovereto, Trieste, Venice.

For more information please contact us at:
pratichenonaffermative (at) gmail.com

The collections of materials will also continue throughout the week of the Salone del Mobile directly at the “Archivio del Cantiere” at the Fabbrica del Vapore.

Download the pdf with the open call.

Download the bibliographic form.