Why do design? What is design for? These are forward-looking questions for a creative discipline that seems more slippery to define than ever. In a world of dwindling natural resources, exhausted social and political systems, and an overload of information there are many urgent reasons to reimagine the design discipline, and there is a growing need to look at design education. Learning and unlearning should become part of an on-going educational practice. We need new proposals for how to organise society, how to structure our governments, how to live with, not against, the planet, how to sift fact from fiction, how to relate to each other, and frankly, how to simply survive.
The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial—A School of Schools, and this publication, Design as Learning ask: can design and design education provide these critical ideas and strategies?
Editors: Jan Boelen, Nadine Botha, Vera Sacchetti
Contributors: Danah Abdulla, Zeynep Çelik Alexander, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Jan Boelen, Nadine Botha, João Ferreira, Corinne Gisel, Gabrielle Kennedy, Naho Kubota, Peter Lang, Claudia Mareis, Deniz Ova, Nina Paim, Vera Sacchetti
Interviews: Åbäke (Maki Suzuki), Fabb (Burcu Biçer Saner, Efe Gözen), Navine G. Kahn-Dossos, Ebru Kurbak, Prototype Series (Mae-ling Lokko), Studio Folder (Marco Ferrari & Elisa Pasqual), SulSolSal (Hannes Bernard & Guido Gigli), Pinar Yoldaş