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Special | Good Design for a Bad World: the Anthropocene

All week at Dynamo | Downtown By Dezeen and Dutch Design Foundation

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We are entering a new geological era: the Anthropocene, in which human activity is a dominant influence on earth's geology and environment.

It's easy to believe we are heading towards catastrophe - yet it also means we have the power to redesign our planet. How can designers shape the Anthropocene era? How can they help us avoid disaster? What could the Anthropocene earth look like?

Following the sell-out series of Good Design for a Bad World talks presented by Dezeen and DDW last year, we are kicking off the week with a special edition of the series, moderated once again by Marcus Fairs, Dezeen's editor in chief and DDW's international ambassador 2017.

Marcus will be joined in the discussion by the following speakers:

Tamar Shafrir

Trained as an architect first and a designer second, co-founder of studio Space Caviar Tamar focuses on examining the social, political, technological and economic conditions of the material world and the part mankind plays in it. Her many roles include teaching as co-head Design Curating & Writing at Design Academy Eindhoven, and until recently, working as design researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Jalila Essaidi

Inventor of spider silk-based bulletproof material, as well as bioplastic and fabric made from manure, Jalila operates at the forefront of material design in the Anthropocene. She works on getting her projects implemented in production cycles and is the director of BioArt Laboratories, where she leads the next generation bio-designers to follow in her footsteps.

Pirjo Haikola

Why stop at earning a masters degree in design at Design Academy Eindhoven? Pirjo continued her career with an impressive scholar path focussing on socially and environmentally responsible design. Co-author of the book ‘Green Dream’ as part of the Why Factory, recipient of the Marie Curie Fellow for her Phd and currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalto University in Finland, Pirjo is bound to share some visionary perspectives on the Anthropocene.

Sjoerd Kluiving

As a geologist and physical geographer involved in applying earth sciences to archaeology in interdisciplinary research and teaching, with emphasis on the Anthropocene. Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Research Institute CLUE+. Project management in (field-based) evaluation of archaeological monuments, extensive teaching and research experience and initiator and project manager of involving cultural history in planning processes. Sjoerd co-leads the newly established Environmental Humanities Center at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and is President of the International Association of Landscape Archaeology (IALA), uniting European geologists, archaeologists and historians. He has vast experience in convening interdisciplinary sessions in soils, landscapes and archaeology at EGU, and is guest editor of five special volumes dedicated to this theme (QI, 2012, 2013; Catena, 2015, 2016; SoilD, 2016). Sjoerd is co-supervising 3 PhD students in the field of landscape archaeology on the interface of humanities and the earth sciences. Sjoerd has a special interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and received in 2018 a 4 MY grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN), Horizon2020 of the European Commission. TerraNova trains 15 Early Stage Researchers in an international and interdisciplinary consortium of in total 25 universities, companies and NGO’s divided over 13 European countries. Terra Nova: The New Learning Initiative between Humanities and Science: Mapping Past Environments and Energy Regimes, Rethinking Human Environment Interaction and Designing Land Management Tools for Policy.