Abstract

Social design has recently gained more attention for several reasons and it has responded to these through new forms. One question literature in social design needs to address is aesthetics. Its aesthetic approaches has been discussed elsewhere (author), but one remaining question is the aesthetics of action in it. This paper asks what kinds of aesthetic approaches are there to social objects such as social forms and organizations. It describes three approaches to the aesthetics of action, agonistic, convivial and conceptual, and studies their implications through three case studies in London, Milan, and Helsinki. The paper is a part of a larger ongoing exploration of aesthetics in social design.

Keywords:

social design; design research; process art; conceptual art

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Jun 17th, 12:00 AM

The Aesthetics of Action in New Social Design

Social design has recently gained more attention for several reasons and it has responded to these through new forms. One question literature in social design needs to address is aesthetics. Its aesthetic approaches has been discussed elsewhere (author), but one remaining question is the aesthetics of action in it. This paper asks what kinds of aesthetic approaches are there to social objects such as social forms and organizations. It describes three approaches to the aesthetics of action, agonistic, convivial and conceptual, and studies their implications through three case studies in London, Milan, and Helsinki. The paper is a part of a larger ongoing exploration of aesthetics in social design.

 

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