Back to Life: Seeking Vision and Purpose in Principles and Practice

Getting “back to life” will not and cannot mean business as usual. The way we move and interact, the material spaces we live in, how we work and play, might be altered forever. And the conceptual tools we have may not adequately meet the challenges we currently face, nor those on the near horizon. Where do we source vision in principles of design? How do we formulate new kinds of purpose in our practices? And for the designer, what are the social narratives that these questions flow within, contest, or provide alternatives for returning or reimagining culture, community, human behavior, and the future of work.