Connecting Design for Living in Brazil
Ricardo Gomes, San Francisco State University
Over thirty years ago, the British pop artist Richard Hamilton published a text entitled, Popular Culture and Personal Responsibility, in which he defined an ideal culture as, “one in which awareness of its condition is universal” 1
Good design can be achieved by focusing the efforts of designers to develop products and environments that will be more inclusive—as opposed to preferential, in enhancing and facilitating the areas of urban community development.
How do designers work with communities, respond to constraints, and maximize ownership by users and other stakeholders? The new paradigm shift in expanding the role of designers in the 21st century must continue to promote exemplary projects with an emphasis on participatory design, universal design, and social responsibility.