Design as Debate: The Thing Beyond the Object

  • Annie Gentes
Part of the Design Research Foundations book series (DERF)


This chapter introduces political philosophy – in particular Habermas’s theory of communication – and critical design. From the point of view of design, the question is how stakeholders organize a debate around their production and how it sustains the generativity of the design project. In this respect, designers not only produce objects, but produce “things” whose identities are in question, hence the need for expansive debates that contribute to the invention. Chapter Six examines three examples that shape the way artists, designers and researchers challenge their own perception and that of their users and audiences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annie Gentes
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  1. 1.Codesign Lab, I3Telecom ParisTechParisFrance

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