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Whether we like it or not, the world is designed, right down to its algorithms and genomes. We cannot escape this designed world, and so we need design more than ever. The task of design today is to reveal the complex connections, to make visible the enormous exploitation of humans and nature behind seemingly everyday things, instead of concealing them behind a soothing minimalism. No more soothing! Instead, the task of critical design is to change human behavior by creative means in translating the cry of the 16-year-old climate activist, Greta Thunberg: “I want you to panic!”
With essays by Moritz Ahlert, Dirk Baecker, Benjamin H. Bratton, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley, Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler, Keller Easterling, Clemens Finkelstein, Elli Kuruş, Bernita Le Gerrette, Matteo Pasquinelli, Andreas Reckwitz, T'ai Smith, Georg Vrachliotis, and Ines Weizman.
Interviews by Victoria Ivanova and Armen Avanessian, co-curators of the projekt bauhaus Werkstatt, with Benjamin H. Bratton, Keller Easterling, and Eyal Weizman.
Interviews by Georg Vrachliotis, head of the Summer School Datatopia and guest editor of this issue, with Katika Kühnreich, Armin Linke, Alex Pentland, and Peter Weibel.
Further projects presentations include In Plain Sight by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Medium. Design by Keller Easterling, artworks by Ryoji Ikeda, and a photo essay by Armin Linke.
ARCH+ features Floating University by raumlaborberlin with an introduction by Joanne Pouzenc and a conversation with Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius.