CARING FOR OR WITH PUBLIC THINGS – MAPPING POSSIBLE ROLES OF DESIGNING AS DEMOCRATIC PRATICE

This workshop invites participants to map issues of caring with “public things” (Honig 2017). Public things could be manifold and include both physical, material as well as social components: libraries, internet, public transport, streets and meeting places, public schools and education, healthcare – to name just a few.

They all have in common that neither their status as things nor as public are given, but need to be actualized through acts of care. On the other hand, “things” (A.Telier 2011) have become one of the central notions in design research to claim a contribution to democracy: things are able to gather publics.

We will therefore use things brought by participants as well as other content materials to materially map answers to the following questions: What are the public things we care for? And what if we understand democratic design practice not only as caring for but with public things?