RCA talks

LDoc Keynote Lecture: Professor Carl DiSalvo

7 November 2016 | 6.30pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1

Free. Please email to book a place.

The London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc) is delighted to invite you to this keynote lecture by Professor Carl DiSalvo from the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Collectives in the Making: Design Research as Social Practice
The practices and products of design work to construct social relations. Sometimes that is an accident or mere by-product of design. But more and more it is the purpose of design: to make the social. The challenge for us, as scholars, critics, practitioners, and those simply curious about design, is to understand and appreciate this endeavor of “making the social.”

What then, are the qualities and purposes of making the social as practice of design. What are the characteristics of this made social? For what ends is the social made? And how, specifically does design research figure into this endeavor?  In this talk I will draw on examples of recent design research I have been involved in to describe how design contributes to making the social, and how we might consider design research as a social practice.  

Carl DiSalvo, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he directs the Public Design Workshop. His first book, Adversarial Design, was published MIT Press in 2012. DiSalvo’s experimental design work has been exhibited and supported by the ZKM, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Walker Arts Center. He is also co-editor of Design Issues (MIT Press).

LDoc is the Centre for Doctoral training in Design Research Study, located in London, a world hub for Design and the creative industries. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, LDoc is a collaboration between three internationally leading London based higher education institutions: the Royal College of Art, Kingston University and University of the Arts London. The Centre provides cross institutional PhD studentships and training, working in collaboration with key industry partners. It promotes and supports world-class Design Research Study and knowledge exchange and offers a concentration of high-level skills and expertise in creative, critical and ethical thinking that prepares graduates to contribute to the creative and cultural industries and wider professional world. For more information visit