The Urgency of the Possible
Designing in Dark Times Developed by a group of designers and scholars based in New York, and published by Bloomsbury, this new series investigates design’s capacity to offer critical and transformative perspectives on our contemporary condition. Designing in Dark Times pushes at the boundaries of both design and thought. Together, these books respond to current and wide ranging systemic, social, economic, political and environmental challenges. Exploring the interaction of design with social research and other related fields and presenting both modes of thought (models, concepts, arguments) and courses of action (scenarios, strategies, proposals, works) the works to be published engage polemically with the opportunities now presented to rethink what acting and designing can be.
Three kinds of books make up the series:
Newly commissioned books look at design as a way of acting, shaping and understanding the world. These pocket-sized polemics provide a platform for an emerging global field of practitioners and scholars from both within and without design, who are interested in wider ethical, socio-cultural and political issues, especially those bearing on the question of how we should act in the emerging world.
Out-of-print texts re-presents important out-of-print texts in radical design theory, commentary and practice.