Anti-Design: Prescription for Rebellion?

Papanek Symposium 2011

10–11 November

Angewandte Exhibition Centre

Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Vienna

Vienna, Austria

The Victor J. Papanek symposium celebrates the legacy of Papanek as a leading critical thinker of design. Each event embraces a timely theme, bringing together interdisciplinary speakers to discuss and debate issues with a bearing on contemporary design practice.

The theme of the launch symposium, ‘Anti-Design: A Prescription for Rebellion’, takes its slogan from Papanek’s clarion call to designers, to look beyond the aesthetics of conventional product design to a broader, politicised vision of design’s power to transform social futures. Invited speakers, from historians to contemporary designers, will present their visions and critical reflections on the potentiality of design’s anarchic past and future.

Convened & Curated by: Dr. Elana Shapira
Directed by: Prof. Dr. Alison J. Clarke
Supported by: Bryleigh Morsink

Papanek Symposium 2011


Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, MoMA, New York

Alison J. Clarke

Director, Papanek Foundation and Chair, Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Anthony Dunne

Professor, Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London

Guy Julier

Senior Fellow, Contemporary Design, V&A London

Jamer Hunt

Director, Urban and Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons The New School of Design, New York

Felicity D. Scott

Director of Critical, Curatorial and 
Conceptual Practices in Architecture Columbia University, New York

John Thackara

Sustainable Futures Expert, Founder and Director of Doors of Perception, France