It was lovely crowded, when more than 100 people took part in the launch of design a.m. Friday morning 6 February at the Danish Design Center under the headline Designing for Policy.
Design anthropologist Scott Brown from Parsons DESIS Lab at The New School in New York City, presented his research and explorations of how complex social and political issues are rendered into problems of design.
His research includes a study of the various challenges designers faced when collaborating with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The study gives insights to the role of designers when working with public partners and how design becomes a political act that can be challenging for the system and existing structures of power.
Afterwards Scott Brown discussed with the audience and a panel consisting of Kit Lykketoft from Mindlab, Rosan Bosch from Rosan Bosch Studio, and moderated by Christian Bason, CEO of DDC, how designers can navigate and succeed in making lasting changes in the public sector; in spite of political, bureaucratic, and epistemological barriers.
It takes both courage and leadership to make change, was one of the points, as well as the need for new platforms and places where different forms of knowledge can engage with each other.
A series of short interviews with Scott Brown and the panellists will be coming up at ddc.dk.
Up-coming design a.m. events will be presented at ddc.dk and in our newsletter.