It’s not the latest Hollywood production, the ultimate sound experience, or Apple’s next level consumer lock-in product line. And despite its ominous ring, it isn’t the enemy either, like the NSA appears to be. THE SYSTEM* indicates the complex interaction of the economy, professional practice and personal choice.
The asterisk draws attention to the ambiguity of such a term, while hinting at an intention to change ‘it’, whatever it is. What the system does, on the other hand, is perhaps more easily understood: it organizes things. The system is a set of institutions and infrastructures that shape the contours of resource flows and modulate the rhythms of material cycles. The system doesn’t just distribute and determine availability though; it frames the imagination and conditions creative activity there within. In this issue of Volume, we’re dilating our pupils to focus on ‘the system’ itself, treating it as a result of, and therefore question of, design. As we are unfortunately well aware, lobbying is not enough to change the system. Applying strategies like leveraging, short-circuiting, disrupting and infecting might be more effective.
Lionel Devlieger, Debbie Chen, Neeraj Bhatia / The Open Workshop, Yaohua Wang, Godofredo Enes Pereira, Design Earth, Sasha Engelmann, Jan Jongert, Alan M. Berger and MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, Clare Lyster, Nick Axel, Francesco Marullo, The Petropolis of Tomorrow, Bruno De Meulder and Kelly Shannon, Rob Holmes, Guy James, Jesse LeCavalier, Amador Fernández-Savater, Ghazal Jafari, Tom Fox, Thomas Rau, Patrik Schumacher, Ross Exo Adams, Edwin Gardner and Christiaan Fruneaux, Robert Gerard Pietrusko, and Keller Easterling
Volume #47: THE SYSTEM*
Editor-in-chief: Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom and Julia Neller