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  • theoretical:  Design as paradigmatic conceptuality (design as representation of systemic project?)
  • practical: socio-eco “best practice”(design ratings via users’ co-productive feedback?)  2021 Systemic strategic design: from aesthesis to every day’s life by Miguel Rubio

“This paper describes the way Design works as a transdiscipline when projecting systems of everyday objects as an axis of integration of dierent sciences and disciplines. These systems of objects become the scenarios of people’s lives, so it is necessary that these (streets, cities,houses, websites, posters, brands, cars, chairs, street furniture, among many others) are made in a systemic and strategic way. It implies that they are optimal from the creation for its use, their communicational significance, and even as a coadjutant mode of education for the population in order to improve their living conditions. …

…”…According to Brown: “(…) social challenges require systemic solutions that are groundedin the client’s or customer’s needs. This is where many approaches founder, but it wheredesign thinking –a new approach– excels” (2010: 32). So, It is intended to locate Designto transcend by opening and enabling explanations, understandings and projections of saidsocial phenomenon, thus distinguishing the relative contextual synchronic polysemy whichis a defect and at the same time a virtue for Design itself as it can be used as an experiencestrategyofproductionofasenseofidentityfromtheconventionsofthematerialandsymboliccultural systems oriented towards ends.Systemic strategic design acts axially as a transdiscipline, whose tangential scientic andtheoreticalcoadjuvantsarewovenaroundthespecicproject,thatis,theoreticalandempiricalapproaches to science, technology, and the arts are treated as argumentation and propositiontools in determining Design project, and they are systemically constituted in the investigation,in the conceptualization, in the proposal, in the materialization and in the monitoring andcontrol of the projects.To sum, strategic systemic Design produces systemic strategies for processes to improveeveryday living conditions, which makes the designer not only a disciplinary specialist in thecreation of objects but also a strategist for the development and possibility of solving variousproblems, including social ones.”

architecture/hospital building 11/2021 Bauhaus in Africa: the hospital in sweltering Senegal inspired – and funded – by the Albers

Innovative …

Serpentine … the winding new hospital, which also boasts Tambacounda’s first playground.

the hospital in Tambacounda can cope with 40C heat despite having no air conditioning. 

One hundred years after Anni and Josef Albers met, their work, philosophy and funding clout have made possible a stunning hospital that is saving lives in one of the hottest places on Earth

“We tried to create a model that the hospital could use for future extensions,” says Manuel Herz, the Basel-based architect behind the design. He had never designed a healthcare facility before, but he was chosen in 2017 after being the only invited architect to refuse to come up with a design without first visiting the site to properly understand the context. His previous research into modernist architecture in Africa helped to tip the balance, too. “It was crucial to come here and talk to everyone involved and find out what they really needed,” says Herz. “Our solution was to make the building as narrow as possible to encourage cross-ventilation, while creating as much space as possible for hanging out.”