Contact person:
Li Jönsson
  • Swedish Research Council
Responsible at MaU:
Kristina Lindström
Project members at MaU:
External project members:
  • Åsa Ståhl -Linnaeus University
  • Maria Göransdotter - Umeå University
  • Thomas Laurien - Gothenburg University
Time frame:
01 July 2023 - 31 December 2029
Research subject:

Project description

Design after Progress: reimagining design histories and futures is a research environment that seeks to carefully untie design’s entanglement with progress and to craft concrete imaginaries of a more socio-ecologically just design after progress.

The research environment consists of researchers from four different Swedish design departments. The aim of the research environment is to explore how to:

  • learn to become better haunted in design by attending to the ecologies of damage left behind by progress and industrialisation.
  • develop and articulate skills, competencies, capabilities, and concepts necessary for designing after progress.

The research environment works in a participatory and democratic way in three different experimental rehearsal studios with the purpose of influencing future designers:

  1. Present-ing Alternative Design Histories by historicising participation and design.
  2. Prefiguring Design Practices after Progress with design experiments.
  3. Unlearning Pedagogies for Design after Progress with opportunities for international designers and design researchers to learn to make the world differently.