From Allies to Accomplices: Refiguring the Roles of Design in 21st-century Civics


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Carlo DiSalvo will discuss the issues of civics—of
how we live together—are pressing matters of concern. In this talk,
Carl DiSalvo will share a series of themes and projects for
considering how designers might move from allies to accomplices in
addressing and participating in 21st-century civics. Together, we will
explore how our practices, professions, and institutions of design
might transform to be even more engaged and accountable in
contributing to how we live together, in these times.

This lecture is sponsored by the RISD Academic Affairs Academic
Enrichment Grant and the Industrial Design Department.

Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the Digital Media Program in
the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia
Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he directs the Public Design
Workshop: a design research studio that explores socially-engaged
design and civic media.

DiSalvo is also co-director of the Digital Interdisciplinary Liberal
Arts Center and its Digital Civics initiative, funded by the Mellon
Foundation, and he leads the Serve-Learn-Sustain Fellows program,
which brings together faculty, staff, students and community partners
to explore pressing social research themes (the 2016-2017 themes are
Smart Cities and Food, Energy, Water, Systems). He has a courtesy
appointment in the School of Interactive Computing, and is an
affiliate of the GVU Center and the Center for Urban Innovation.
DiSalvo also directs the Digital Media track of the interdisciplinary
M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction.

DiSalvo’s scholarship draws together theories and methods from design,
the social sciences, and the humanities, to analyze the social and
political qualities of design, and to prototype experimental systems
and services. Current research domains include civics, smart cities,
the internet of things, food systems, and environmental monitoring.
Across these domains, DiSalvo is interested in how practices of
participatory and public design work to articulate issues and provide
resources for new forms of collective action.


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Rhode Island School of Design




Art and Design | Civic and Community Engagement

From Allies to Accomplices: Refiguring the Roles of Design in 21st-century Civics