UPDATE: Unfortunately, MAAT’s Design Debate event has been postponed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Nelly Ben Hayoun returns to Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology later this month for the first edition of The Design Debate, a two-day gathering of minds for open-ended, collaborative conversation and future thinking. Nelly will be joining a panel on March 29 to talk about “Education Beyond School?” – the state of education globally in 2020 and new ways to construct educational practice as a collective undertaking.

About The Design Debate

The Design Debate is an annual event initiated by MAAT to tackle urgent questions that underpin contemporary socio-economic development as ‘design’ questions. It aims at providing a forum for open confrontation around the systemic entanglements and complexities that uniquely characterize our era, and realign the politics and practice of discourse onto a common ground so to interrogate the protocols of knowledge and experience that inform the social, economic and cultural making of our present and future co-existence.

The Design Debate takes a lesser interest in the outcomes of design than in its generative state of “designing” intended as a responsive condition of complex systems that adapt to the technological, social and political configurations of a given time. It aims to open up a new arena to situate design into everyday life and to enable a more genuine dialogue and confrontation between professional and civic constituencies around its workings and in the making of systems – economic, informational, infrastructural, social or other. To do so, the Design Debate will facilitate otherwise impractical or unlikely conversations among private and public figureheads, creative makers and intellectual provocateurs.

This inaugural edition is themed around The Design of Cultural Agency. As the launching edition of this annual series, it takes the raison d’etre of institutions of culture as its subject and aims to present and discuss the role of culture andinnovation in the larger urban, social and economic ecosystem of communities. It aims to unpack some of the paradigms that have remained uncontested across the public and private sectors and thus envision new horizons of reflection and action on the responsibilities that institutions of culture behold in the present-future tense.