PhD Seminar: Thinking Design for This Century by Lara Penin

Two decades into this century, our lives have been impacted by a constellation of interconnected emerging issues: from the current global pandemic to the most recent Black Lives Matter uprising, from the “Me Too” movement, to climate emergency and the ongoing economic crisis. This talk will consider how design intervenes in, and responds to contemporary contexts and crises and how is design departing from disciplinary norms and cannons of earlier design movements and eras and reacts to current demands for a society of greater equity, care and justice for all. The talk is based on a course in the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program at Parsons School of Design, The New School that in Fall 2020 promoted as a series of "assembly" events.



Lara Penin, Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design


LARA DE SOUSA PENIN (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design, The New School. She is a co-founder of the Parsons DESIS Lab, an action research laboratory that works at the intersection of strategic design, management, and social theory. Lara is the author of “An Introduction to Service Design. Designing the Invisible” (Bloomsbury, 2018) and editor of "The Disobedience of Design, a Gui Bonsiepe Reader" (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). A former director of the Transdisciplinary Design graduate program she is now a co-lead of the Graduate Minor in Civic Service Design. Lara has a PhD in Design from the Milan Polytechnic University and a BA in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo.

Join this seminar on Zoom
URL: https://zoom.us/j/94451430109
Meeting ID: 944 5143 0109
Passcode: 104025

  • All PolyU PhD students are welcome.
  • This seminar, hosted on Zoom Meeting, allows only authenticated users (i.e. Zoom logged-in users).
  • Event registration is required (click HERE). Registrants will receive a reading list prior to this seminar.