Design After the End of the World: Speculative Design and Climate Reading Group

Design After the End of the World: Speculative Design and Climate Reading Group

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LATITUDE is excited to announce its next OpenED program for 2019!

WHEN: August 7th- September 25th, Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm

COST: Pay what you can! (Suggested donation for general admission is $20)

INSTRUCTORS: Renee Albrecht-Mallinger & John Jung

Where traditional design attempts to solve problems, speculative design attempts to open our minds to new ways of thinking and being, to construct spaces for discussion, and to inspire imagination. Design After the End of the World: Speculative Design and Climate, a reading group hosted by Renee Albrecht-Mallinger and John Jung, will explore the pressing issue of climate change through the lens of speculative design theory. Readings will explore both climate and design from a variety of perspectives, whether creative, philosophical or personal. Participants will be encouraged to push their thinking on both climate and design forward through group discussions, field trips and design activities. The course will also be a chance to look at design from a critical perspective and to see if it might be useful to begin to confront a truly massive, “wicked” problem. 

Readings will be pulled from a variety of sources including Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming by Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby and Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton.

Questions? Email us at education@latitudechicago.org.

Image: Margot Harrington, Solar Eclipse, Kansas City 2017
This collage (found and Japanese paper, fluorescent red sun, and gold leaf) was made in response to the eclipse to convey the delicate balance of the earth, the planets, and the passage of time. The eclipse was one of the few events in the last few years that brought thousands together, and it was because of science, not sports or politics. View more of Margot Harrington’s work here.


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Renee Albrecht-Mallinger is a design researcher and strategist who believes that speculative design can be a powerful tool for social good. Her work encompasses a diverse range of fields, including healthcare, finance, education, and government. She holds degrees from IIT Institute of Design, Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, and St. John’s College.

John Jung is very interested in the different ways that research and design might intersect. He has led workshops on design related topics at conferences in the United States and in Europe. John works as a computer programmer. He has a degree in art from Governors State University and a degree in design methods from the IIT Institute of Design.