“Today is global” is a rather banal truism, but what really is today’s globalism? In a conversation with contributors from across the globe, Harvard Design Magazine introduces issue #50: Today’s Global, guest-edited by Sarah M. Whiting and Rahul Mehrotra.
Today’s world has entered a phase of critical backlash against globalization, which is for some a critique of international integration, for others a critique of global and local inequalities produced by neoliberal extremism, and for many, a shared global concern over climate change. Increasingly, the inevitability of globalization has been called into question. This issue of Harvard Design Magazine eschews a simple and ineffective binary swing back to a mere celebration of the local or the regional. Instead, it presents a nuanced understanding of where design “sits” vis-à-vis our planet and advances a more productive discourse on globalization. In doing so, we celebrate the emergence of new resources that have made broader global design talent more visible and reject the stultifying categories—such as “first world” and “third world”—defined by contemporary boundaries.
The event will be introduced by Harvard Design Magazine’s Editorial Director, Julie Cirelli, and it will feature a conversation between Sarah Whiting, Rahul Mehrotra, and a group of contributors to the issue: DAAR (Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti), Christopher Lee, Nicolai Ouroussoff, and Anel Du Plessis.
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