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Designing the Design Process

With the architect’s awareness of design being increasingly contingent on complex socio-economic-political factors, this panel considers three pedagogical approaches to architectural intervention that go beyond the level of the end-product, into designing the process of getting to the end and even its afterlife. While questioning its intention of exerting a greater, yet seemingly elusive, control on the part of the designer, and feasibility in the context of existing system of architectural commissions, the discussion also seeks to discover and affirm the potential of such alternative models of engagement in changing the role of the designer, and its implication on design education.

With Carlos Villanueva Brandt (Diploma 10 Unit Master, Architectural Association), Theo Lorenz (Tutor and Director of AAIS Interprofessional Studio, Architectural Association) & Roberto Bottazzi (Tutor, Department of Architecture, Royal College of Art), chaired by Shirley Surya (History of Design ’11, Royal College of Art).

On archives: The score, the performing artist and the public documentation.

D21 was hosting a dialogue between Cecilia Wee (writer & curator) and Emilie Parendeau (curator & performer), Tuesday 28th June.

‘A notable difference between painting and music is that the composer has finished his work when he wrote the score, even if the performances are the end products, while the painter must complete the picture.’ Nelson Goodman

Because of the heavy rain outside, this discussion was hosted by T.O.C. an ephemeral reading-room installed for the duration of the show.

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ART- mAP Performance, Public Soul Architecture

Public Soul Architecture (Adolfo Guevara, Nicole Milai Ratcliffe & Sica) came from Manchester, for an afternoon performance, ART- mAP Performance, on Monday 27th June.

Public Soul Architecture is a project currently in progress, it is the aim of this project to research the parallel activities in relation to performance, WHAT IS CRUCIAL TO THE ‘EVENT’ identifying roles of the social as an intrinsic quality in the performable act itself, as a medium of correlating the public space with the architecture of site + situation.

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Environment In D, Music by David Morris

On Sunday 26th June, the hottest day of June, we host David Morris for an afternoon session of Public Music, while exotic refreshments where served by Café Château.

D21 Guided Tours

The Secret Orientation
25th, 26th and 29th June
Guided tour
Join our guides for an unofficial tour of the RCA show’s backstage.
Organised by Sonya Derman & Min Huh

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Show

Outdoor Space in RCA Show

Department 21’s platform for the Royal College of Art Show 2011 explores the interface between the private and the public.
Located at the border of college, the project aims to address questions of ownership, authorship, collective production, as well as the accessibility of educational spaces.

24rd June to 2nd July 2011
Open Daily — 1 to 4pm
Outdoor Room and steps activated through critical dialogue & interdisciplinary activities.

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore (Acces via Jay Mews)
London SW7 2EU

Department 21 is kindly supported by Eurostar and ADM-HEA.

See the detailed schedule
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Featured in Metropolitan Magazine

Department 21 has a nice review in the June issue of the Eurostar Magazine, Metropolitan. Eurostar has supported us this year, by giving tickets to bring in artists and designers from Brussels and Paris.

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I’ve Zine the Darkness

The D21 book will be included in the exhibition I’ve Zine the Darkness, at dieschönestadt gallery in Halle (Germany) from the 3rd to the 11th June 2011. The show is organised by artzines.de.

Open Source Publishing Workshop: Sans Guilt Fonts released

The free, open source versions of Gill Sans liberated during the Open Source Publishing Workshop have been released. You can download them from the OSP-foundry website.

Three different versions were made:

  • Sans Guilt DB, based on early sketches by Eric Gill
  • Sans Guilt LB, based on lead type from the Royal College of Art’s letterpress workshop.
  • Sans Guilt MB, based on a rasterized pdf made with the Monotype Gill Sans.

Some pictures from the workshop and talk given by Stéphanie, Pierre, Sébastien, Alex and Antoine from OSP:

The OSP team

The OSP team

Margot's blackboard announcing the workshop

Margaux's blackboard announcing the workshop (thanks Margaux!)

Creating the poster for the talk using Scribus and IRC

Creating the poster for the talk using Scribus and IRC

Liberating Gill Sans

Liberating Gill Sans

The talk and vietnamese spring rolls

The talk and vietnamese spring rolls