Los mundos que revelamos a través del diseño 2560 1707 markeloptah

Los mundos que revelamos a través del diseño

Una sobremesa-reflexión alrededor de la politización en la práctica del diseño local Han pasado ya más de dos décadas desde la muerte de Victor Papanek. Es habitual escuchar que el…

Sowing a garden for a healthy performing arts ecosystem 2560 1701 markeloptah

Sowing a garden for a healthy performing arts ecosystem

Last December we got invited to facilitate a session in our hometown involving Baratza, an independent theatre, and its surrounding community. Baratza (vegetable garden in Basque) was born 6 years…

Design overtables: The worlds we make 1140 822 markeloptah

Design overtables: The worlds we make

Several decades have passed after the bold declaration from Victor Papanek of Design as a political endeavour with potential deadly consequences. It was his one of the first voices to…

TAZ: exploring emerging scenarios through performative fiction 1536 1024 markeloptah

TAZ: exploring emerging scenarios through performative fiction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0miHNTZcFQ&feature=youtu.be It’s been a while since the last time I wrote about my final project process. During the past weeks I have been trying to take action and get out…

Systemic design course 1810 1357 markeloptah

Systemic design course

Back to work after my trip to the US west coast I have been leading a course around systemic design at IED Barcelona. Here some of the materials I have…

Algo-rythms. Further developing the moving communities workshop. 1707 1238 markeloptah

Algo-rythms. Further developing the moving communities workshop.

Coding algorithms are a set of computational rules that govern informatic programs. Autonomous agents is a coding concept that refers to any entity that makes its own choices about how…

I did something for africa. Speculative Design summer school. 2361 1875 markeloptah

I did something for africa. Speculative Design summer school.

[Disclaimer: this is a live article in edition. Take this notes as the backbone of what will be an article about my outcomes and experience in Speculative.edu summer school] Futures…

Making sense of 1st final term project 3647 2532 markeloptah

Making sense of 1st final term project

During the past weeks I have been trying hard to converge into a topic to be the focus of my final term project. During that process I synthesized a map…

From problem solving to problem caring 2072 1105 markeloptah

From problem solving to problem caring

One of the most important leaps in my career and general mindset as a designer came when I started reading and exploring a cybernetic (systemic) approach to my practice. Coming…

A brief ethnography of digital nomads 1500 996 markeloptah

A brief ethnography of digital nomads

Last week I had the chance to visit my friend Jon in Xàvia (Alicante). He has lived there for a couple of years since is the basecamp of Sun and…

Design for the New: s1, s2 & s3 8001 4500 markeloptah

Design for the New: s1, s2 & s3

Session 1 What did we do? During the past months students have been crafting a future vision and have been informally thinking about various interventions to approach it. The goal…

Facilitating change: a workshop 1500 1000 markeloptah

Facilitating change: a workshop

My last weeks have been focused around two main tasks and deliverables: the course on design transitions we are facilitating in the Masters in Design for Emerging Futures and the…

Design for the New 1600 1062 markeloptah

Design for the New

Last couple of weeks we have been working on a new course for the Master on Design for Emerging Futures, a joint program of Elisava and IAAC. One of our…

Hello worlds skin folds 3227 3505 markeloptah

Hello worlds skin folds

This the first post of what will be my learning log during the next 12 months.