Call for Papers: A New Green Bauhaus from the Global South

Abstract Submission Deadline: 13 March 2023

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Today, climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical power disputes are affecting traditional living standards with a series of economic downturns, inflation risk and social upheavals. After one hundred years from the beginning of the Staatliches Bauhaus in German, it is opportune to reflect on what would be the shape of a movement for democratization by design if it were promoted from the so-called 'Global South' -concept which groups the countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania based on their socioeconomic and political characteristics –, and which, by extension, infiltrates the countries of the 'Global North' through migration.

An early call for a Green New Deal spread from the US at the beginning of the global financial crisis (GFC) to become a global outcry. For its part, the European Green Deal proposed an agenda to reach 2050 with zero greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to a proposal for economic growth unrelated to the use of resources, where no person or place would be left behind. These policies and strategies have resonated with European designers who have proposed the New Bauhaus for the Green Deal.(New Bauhaus for the Green Pact), a creative and interdisciplinary, enriching, sustainable and inclusive initiative. Along these same lines, the recent 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, concluded with a historic agreement on a fund for loss and damage associated with climate impact for developing countries, which could open a window of opportunity for their designers.

For decades, design education and the professional communities of designers from the Global North and South have tried to articulate a response to climatic, social and technological changes. Currently, sustainability is increasingly considered in the design of artifacts, systems and services; however, design remains inherently linked to the production and consumption of materials. In addition, the recent dissemination of the principles of the circular economy has also failed to decouple the use of resources and environmental impacts from a linear economic system focused on generating short-term profits. These are key factors influencing modern design,

This situation represents a double-edged sword, particularly for the Global South, because their means of extracting raw materials are local, but production is dispersed, globalized, and flows to regions that offer cheap labor and/or high levels of automation. . Even though it is important to highlight that the traditional conception of the design artifact as a solid and physical object has also been relativized since design products are becoming increasingly digital, immaterial, multidimensional, transmedia and cybernetic. Therefore, redefining design education and professional practice with a New Green Bauhaus approach.for the Global South could help us move from design understood as industrialized hardware manufacturing to an emerging experiential and life-centered culture. That is, not only with a focus on the user or on the human being, but on all species and their environments. This approach could also include manual manufacturing, digitalization, automation and advanced technologies for the increase of human intelligence or human intelligence augmentation (AI), and the improvement of production with artificial intelligence or artificial intelligence (AI).

We invite the scientific community of design disciplines to submit research articles that address issues related to:

Axis 1: Design 100 years after the Bauhaus

What does a New Green Bauhaus mean today and what does it mean to think about it from the Global South, a territory without industry, but with abundant natural resources and creative talent? How can design be rethought from the South?

Axis 2: Design, technology, politics and society

Given the current socio-environmental demands, what does it mean for design to move from the perspective of human-centred design to living-centred design? Is it possible to speak of the North and the South in a world where the impact of environmental, economic and environmental crises, social and health seem to have no borders?

Axis 3: Epistemology of Design

Is design education prepared to respond to these challenges, or how should it be transformed and what should future designers be like? What will be the skills and competence that designers should develop to influence public policies aimed at sustainable production? In what way can design contribute to rethinking or transforming the productive sector to respond to these problems and demonstrate what and where its greatest contribution is?


  • Articles that report results of empirical research
  • Systematic literature reviews


  • Spanish or English


Send abstracts of 800 to 1000 words no later than March 13 to the mail:



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