Tugce Karatas

​Tugce Karatas

Designer & design curator

Tugce Karatas is an independent designer and contemporary design curator. Trained in Design at ESAD (Porto) and in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University (London), she specialises in the dissemination of design through media, curatorial practice, research and writing.

Throughout her studies in London, she developed particularly participatory projects for Design Museum, Crafts Council, Maggie’s Centre, Science Museum by pursing her curiosity for the potential of emerging interpretive tools for engaging audiences with design curation.

Following her graduation, she assisted and curated exhibitions for several museums and institutions such as Design Museum, Crafts Council, Architectural Association, Contemporary Art Society and Somerset House in London.

Her research is specifically engages with the notion of the urban environment as a stage for intellectual exchange – for collaborating, experimenting and cultural producing.

September 2015, she was awarded Research Grant by Design History Society as a part of Annual DHS Conference which was held in California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

In 2016, World Design Organisation (Also known as ICSID, International Councils of Societies of Industrial Design) published her profile as a part of international ‘Young Designers’ programme.

Combining her design background and multi-faceted work experience - spanning across almost every disciplines- her job is to create the holistic experience of the space through a smooth, well-functioning operation coupled with a twist of humor and soft human touch into institutions.

The Spirit of Utopian Optimism for Critical Urbanism

Creative Entrepreneurs all over the world play a crucial role in the reconfiguration of ways of sustainable ecosystems in an age of ongoing global protests, an economy in crisis and systems of governance and democracy in question. In 1971, as a utopian example of how communal work, vitality and intellectual reflection can be used to promote dialogue, and of how speculative proposals can be created to structure new models of behaviour, The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) Congress in Eivissa was an experiment in participatory design. In order to generate critical thinking and create a platform for meeting and debate, the delegates proposed Instant City. By taking Instant City as a case study, this project questions active forces that nourish the spirit of utopian optimism. Although this project aims to share some surprising stories from the history of design to reflect on its possible futures, it also examines the political, technological, emotional, institutional, and critical forms of global spatial practice. Alongside this, it evaluates the part that innovation and creative thinking played in shaping design as a cultural, economic, technological or democratic force. Structured around three new typologies: critical, experimental and speculative, this project will provide will offer an in-depth look into the practise of participatory design so that diverse actors can shape our present and future worlds in fair and inclusive ways.

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