The Designed Realities Studio is a research and teaching platform led by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby at The New School in New York. It works across the university combining design with social thought and the liberal arts to synthesize ideas from political science, anthropology, literature, and philosophy into new worldviews made tangible through an expanded form of design practice. This wesbite serves as an ideas sketchbook for work-in-progress by us, our students and collaborators, with occassional detours into projects and texts.
Our focus is on exploring how design can stumulate new thought and further imagining about the kind of worlds people wish to live in, rather than prescribing any one particular future or communicating a vision of how things will, or should be. The work of the studio is informed by research into the mechanics of unreality: utopias, dystopias and heterotopias; what ifs and as ifs; hypotheses, thought experiments and reductio ad absurdum; possible and impossible worlds; counterfactuals and uchronia, and so on.
The unit operates on a number of levels: collaborative research projects, commissions, self-initiated projects, and taught studio classes, all disseminated through talks, exhibitions and publications.
For more information or to discuss possible collaborations and projects, please contact:
Designed Realities Studio
Parsons School of Design
2 West 13th Street, Room 1012A
New York, NY 10011