Author Archives: Leah Armstrong

About Leah Armstrong

Research Officer in Contemporary Design Culture V&A Museum / University of Brighton @LeahJArmstrong L.Armstrong@vam.ac.uk L.Armstrong3@brighton.ac.uk

Reflections on Design Culture Salon 9: What are the gender politics of contemporary design practice?

While all of the Design Culture Salons for this second series were framed in response to a burning issue in contemporary design, none took place against quite such a build up of anticipation as this, the final salon, on the … Continue reading

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Reflections on Salon 8- How has digital technology changed the dynamics of the designer start up?

For those interested in design culture, the structure and arrangement of the designer start-up is a fruitful place to focus attention since it captures and animates the dynamics of design in relation to a host of other factors: the social, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Design Culture Salon 6: Food and the City: How do new food systems impact on our towns and cities?

L-R: Matt Skinner, Alma Clavin, Gabriel Wulff, Doina Petrescu and Andre Viljoen. Introducing the sixth Design Culture Salon, our chair for the evening Gabriel Wulff stated that from ‘guerilla gardening’ to ‘urban bee-keeping’, the topic of designing food systems has … Continue reading

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Design Culture Salon 6: How do new food systems impact on our towns and cities?

Friday 13 December, 1900h-2030h Seminar Room One, Sackler Centre, V&A  How do new food systems impact on our towns and cities?  Chair:  Gabriel Wulff (University of Brighton) Panellists: Alma Clavin, (Liveable Cities, CPRE) Doina Petrescu, (University of Sheffield) Matt Skinner, … Continue reading

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Design Culture Salons: A Summary

For a profession that deals with objects, images and spaces, there’s a lot of talk in design. Client presentations, team briefings, studio crits, professional practice talks, office chat and so on. These form part of what we understand as ‘design … Continue reading

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Reflections on Design Culture Salon 5: How does design produce new publics?

The idea of what, or who, constitutes a public takes fundamentally different forms under different authors. Proclamations of the public in singular, ‘One Nation’ and ‘Big Society’, form rallying calls for the current political parties. As Guy Julier, who chaired the evening … Continue reading

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Reflections on Design Culture Salon 4: How Does Design Function in a Recession?

A week on from George Osborne’s Budget Report 2013, the 4th Design Culture Salon took place to discuss the question: ‘How does design function in a recession?’ Anyone who listened to Osborne’s delivery of the Budget Report, or read the … Continue reading

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