An inaugural event for the launch of
UCSDSD: The Speculative Design major
Department of Visual Arts
Division of Arts and Humanities
University of California, San Diego

Organized by Benjamin H. Bratton, Department of Visual Arts
Co-sponsored by The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

This event will be live streaming here:

February 10, 2016. 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Visual Arts Presentation Lab, Structural and Materials Engineering Building, Room 149 

Designer Fiona Raby of Dunne & Raby is Professor of Industrial Design (id2) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She uses design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies. A founding figure in Speculative Design, Raby is among the most influential figures in the design world.

Previously a reader in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art between 2005-2015, Raby studied architecture at the RCA, from which she earned an MPhil in Computer Related Design before working for Kei'ichi Irie Architects in Tokyo. Raby was a founding member of the CRD Research Studio, where she worked as a senior research fellow. At the RCA, She taught in the architecture department for over 13 years and led ADS4 (Architecture Design Studio 4), an innovative critical design studio embedded within the School of Architecture.

Dunne & Raby, recipients of the first MIT Media Lab award in 2105, are the authors of Hertzian Tales (CRD Research, 1999, MIT Press, 2005), Design Noir (Birkhauser, 2001) and Speculative Everything (MIT Press, 2013). Projects include Technological Dream Series, No 1: Robots (2007), Designs For An Over Populated Planet: Foragers (2010), The United Micro Kingdoms (2013) and The School of Constructed Realities (2015). Their work has been exhibited at MoMA, NYC; the Pompidou Centre, Paris; and the Design Museum in London. It is in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Frac Ile-de-France, Fnac, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, LA, among others.

Morning Session, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Defining the Past, Present and Future of Speculative Design

Welcoming remarks from
Jack Greenstein, Chair, Department of Visual Arts 

“A Theory and History of Speculative Design” 
Benjamin H. Bratton, Department of Visual Arts and Speculative Design major coordinator

“The Past and Future of Speculative Design” 
Fiona Raby, Dunne & Raby, London and New York.

Student and audience questions/ answers and discussion 


Afternoon Session 1:30PM - 3:30 PM: Speculative Design Teaching and Research at UC San Diego

“Design and the Imagination: The Future as a Discipline”
Sheldon Brown, Director, Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination Respondents Scott Klemmer (Design Lab and Cognitive Science) & Lilly Irani (Communication)

“Diagramming the Opportunities: Speculative Design in VisArts and UC San Diego” Roundtable discussion with Speculative Design faculty and graduate students  

Introduced and moderated by Teddy Cruz Participants: Lisa Cartwright, Ricardo Dominguez, Sascha Pohflepp, Brett Stalbaum, & Alena Williams

Student, participant and audience questions/ answers and open discussion


Image by Estudio Teddy Cruz