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Call for Papers: A New Green Bauhaus from the Global South DUE 3 APRIL

03 Apr 2023 (All Day)

A New Green Bauhaus from the Global South 





Mauricio Novoa Muñoz  

PhD Culture and Society, SFHEA 
Master of Design, Ba Fine Arts 
Western Sydney University (WSU) 


Rodrigo Vargas Callegari 

PhD Sociology, UAH 
Master of Strategic Design, Ba Product Design 
Universidad de Valparaíso 

Today, climate change, Covid-19 and geopolitical power plays are affecting traditional living standards with a series of unheard economic downturns, risk of inflation, and social upheavals. After one hundred years since the start of Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany (Droste, 2002; Wahl, 2009), it is timely to reflect on what would be the shape of that movement for democratization by design if it was to happen in the Global South (Dargin, 2013; De la Torre, Didier, Ize, & Lederman, 2015; Escobar, 2017; Gray & Gills, 2016). The latter is a concept that groups countries based on socio-economic and political characteristics in the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania, and by extension, it also infiltrates the developed countries (Global North) through their migrant and disadvantaged classes and sub-cultures.  

An early call for a Green New Deal in the USA (Friedman, 2007) at the start of the global financial crisis (GFC) expanded over the years to a formal call for it (Ocasio-Cortez & Markey, 2019) and also a European Green Deal (Fetting, 2020) with a clear agenda for net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050, economic growth decoupled from resource use, and no person and no place left behind. These policies and strategies resonate with designers in Europe who now propose a New Bauhaus for the Green Deal (Bason, Conway, Hill, & Mazzucato, 2020; Eckert, 2022) as a creative and interdisciplinary initiative which is enriching, sustainable and inclusive. Correspondingly, the recent 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Sharm elSheikh, Egypt, concluded with a historical agreement on a loss and damage fund for climate impact in developing countries (Alayza et al., 2022). 

For decades, the design education and professional communities in the Global North and South have tried to articulate a response to climate, societal and technological changes. Sustainability is increasingly built into the design artifacts, services, and systems they produce and embed a concept of circularity to eliminate waste. However, design is still inherently linked to material production and consumption. Moreover, the recent diffusion of the circular economy principles has also failed to disengage the resource use and environmental impacts from a linear economic system focused on generating short-term profit (Corvellec, Stowell, & Johansson, 2022; Valenzuela & Böhm, 2017; Velenturf & Purnell, 2021). These are key influencing factors for modern design since the discipline is confronted with the challenge to define its economic value. Particularly for the Global South, this situation represents a double edge sword because its means for extraction of raw resources are local, but production is dispersed, globalized, and flow to regions that offer cheap labor and, or high levels of automation.  Importantly, the traditional concept of a design artifact as solid and physical is also becoming digital, immaterial, multidimensional, transmediatic, and cybernetic (Gunal, 2019; Novoa, 2017; Pessôa & Becker, 2020). Redefining design education and professional practice with a New Green Bauhaus from the Global South approach will assist a design response that take us from industrialized hardware manufacturing to an emerging experiential and life-centered design culture (Borthwick, Tomitsch, & Gaughwin, 2022; Mau, 2020) focussed on all species and their environment, not just user and human-centered that greatly reaffirms status quo; while also including manual fabrication, digitalisation, automation, and advanced technologies for human intelligence augmentation (IA) and enhancement of production with artificial intelligence (AI). 

We invite submissions that focus on A New Green Bauhaus from the Global South and seek to answer questions such as: 

•       What are current design education and professional practice projects that advance a New Green Bauhaus from the Global South? 

•       How can design education and professional practice enable a change from a humancentered to a life-centered design response to COP 27 and climate change? 

•       How can we rethink design for a New Green Deal from the South? 

•       What are the skills and competencies that designers need to redefine their education, profession and role in a knowledge-based economy and Industry 4.0 Revolution? 

•       How can we redefine design economic value beyond its aesthetic and assembly for manufacturing tradition to a 21st Century that should transition from consumption and waste to a systemic level change that is sustainable because of the scarcity of resources? 

•       How can we prepare our future designers for a world extending to generative and simulation design as production, and a new division of labor shared with co-workers who are artificially intelligent?  



•       Papers reporting empirical research results 

•       Systematic literature reviews 



•       Papers may be submitted in Spanish or English 



Send your 800-1000 words abstract by April, 3rd by email: 






Call for papers launch 

January, 16 

Deadline of abstracts (800-1000 words) submissions by authors 

April, 3 

Abstracts acceptance/rejection by guest editors

April, 10 

Full papers submission by authors 

May, 29 

Articles evaluation by peer reviewers 

May, 29 to June, 19  

Communication of the review results by guest editors 

June, 26 

Corrected papers submission by authors 

August, 30 

Papers publication 

December, 2023 



Base Diseño e Innovación is a biannual and bilingual (Spanish-English) publication created in 2014 by Universidad del Desarrollo, School of Design. It has an academic refereed section to disseminate new scientific knowledge in the design field and related areas. It seeks to promote critical reflection and strengthen the design's methodology, theory, and practices by disseminating articles coming from research and transfer projects. It publishes articles that address a wide range of design-related topics and are based on varied theoretical perspectives and methodological strategies. It has an electronic platform that facilitates access, storage and consultation of content at any time and place. Its open access policy seeks to contribute to greater democratization and knowledge exchange.

Alejandra Amenábar 
Dean, Design School 
Universidad del Desarrollo 

Úrsula Bravo 

Associate Professor, Design School 
Universidad del Desarrollo Chile


Alayza, N., Bhandari, P., Burns, D., Cogswell, N., de Zoysa, K., Finch, M., . . . Langer, P. COP27: Key Takeaways and What’s Next. 

Bason, C., Conway, R., Hill, D., & Mazzucato, M. (2020). A new Bauhaus for a Green Deal. November. [Online] Available at: ucl. ac. uk/bartlett/public-purpose/sites/publicpurpose/files/new_bauhaus_cb_rc_dh_mm_0. pdf [Accessed 20 March 2021]

Borthwick, M., Tomitsch, M., & Gaughwin, M. (2022). From human-centred to life-centred design: Considering environmental and ethical concerns in the design of interactive products. Journal of Responsible Technology, 100032. 

Corvellec, H., Stowell, A. F., & Johansson, N. (2022). Critiques of the circular economy. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 26(2), 421-432. 

Dargin, J. (2013). The rise of the Global South: philosophical, geopolitical and economic trends of the 21st century: World Scientific. 

De la Torre, A., Didier, T., Ize, A., & Lederman, D. (2015). Latin America and the rising south: Changing world, changing priorities: World Bank Publications. 

Droste, M. (2002). Bauhaus, 1919-1933: Taschen. 

Eckert, J. (2022). Extending the New European Bauhaus—An Educational Initiative that is Much Needed to Transform Our Society. In Perspectives on Design II (pp. 117-131): Springer. 

Escobar, A. (2017). Response: Design for/by [and from] the ‘global South.’. Design Philosophy Papers, 15(1), 39-49. 

Fetting, C. (2020). The European Green Deal. ESDN Report, December

Friedman, T. L. (2007). The power of green. The New York Times, 15

Gray, K., & Gills, B. K. (2016). South–South cooperation and the rise of the Global South. In (Vol. 37, pp. 557-574): Taylor & Francis. 

Gunal, M. M. (2019). Simulation and the fourth industrial revolution. In Simulation for Industry 4.0 (pp. 1-17): Springer. 

Mau, B. (2020). Bruce Mau-MC24: Bruce Mau's 24 principles for designing massive change in your life and work: London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2020. 

Novoa, M. (2017). Industrial design and education value among decoupling of innovation from productivity. International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

Ocasio-Cortez, A., & Markey, E. (2019). The Green New Deal. Paper presented at the 116th Congress. Available at:

Pessôa, M. P., & Becker, J. J. (2020). Smart design engineering: a literature review of the impact of the 4th industrial revolution on product design and development. Research in Engineering Design, 31(2), 175-195. 

Valenzuela, F., & Böhm, S. (2017). Against wasted politics: A critique of the circular economy. Ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 17(1), 23-60. 

Velenturf, A. P., & Purnell, P. (2021). Principles for a sustainable circular economy. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 27, 1437-1457. 

Wahl, V. (2009). Das Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimar: Dokumente zur Geschichte des Instituts 19191926 (Vol. 15): Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar. 

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