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What is Design Emergency? It is an Instagram platform that explores design’s role during and after COVID-19, in a collaboration between two leading women in the design industry: our guest, Alice Rawsthorn, a design critic and book author of “Design as an Attitude”, and Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, and the Director of Research and Development at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

The online live meeting will be held in English. Free participation, registration required.

September 8
18:00 CEST (GMT+2)

About the Webinar

During the online meeting, Agata Bisping, a producer of design and architecture exhibitions and cultural events, will talk with Alice Rawsthorn about unlimited resources, creativity, and willingness to reach for new, surprising, and innovative solutions. The innovations that will be presented during the conversation help protect people from the pandemic and prepare them for the process of redesigning and reconstructing their lives in the future. Alice and Agata will present specific examples of activities, which have resulted from a collaboration between designers who joined forces in the fight against the pandemic and its long-term social, political, economic and ecological consequences.

Design Emergency is an Instagram platform that explores design’s role during and after COVID-19, in a collaboration between Alice Rawsthorn, a design critic, and Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, and the Director of Research and Development at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.


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GUEST: Alice Rawsthorn – an award-winning design critic and author, whose books include “Hello World: Where Design Meets Life” and, most recently, “Design as an Attitude”. Her weekly design column for The New York Times had been syndicated worldwide for over a decade. Born in Manchester and based in London, Alice is Chair of the Boards of Trustees at The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Yorkshire and Chisenhale Gallery in London, and a founding member of the Writers for Liberty campaign for human rights. Alice has been awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts. She is a co-founder, with Paola Antonelli, of the Design Emergency project to investigate design’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and its aftermath.

agata bisping



HOST: Agata Bisping – organizer of design exhibitions and events, host of the MISTRZOWIE/MASTERS interview series for Design Space of SWPS University.

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