Talk: Feminist design practices and their entanglements with community economies

At the Liviana 2022 conference, Bianca and Flora, together with Gaja Meznaric-Osole and Katharina Moebus shared how their feminist design practices are entangled with community economies.

Design researchers guided by practical experience are increasingly embracing diverse and community economies theory. Over the past two decades, the inquiries posed by the Community Economies Collective have strongly resonated with an emerging group of eco-social designers across Europe. Questions such as: How can academic [design] practices actively contribute to the dynamic proliferation of economic experiments and commons? In what ways can our work unlock new possibilities? What vision do we have for the world we are shaping? What implications arise from conceptualizing [practicing] things in one way versus another?

In a series of concise presentations, the four design researchers affiliated with the international Community Economies Research Network elaborated on theon how they incorporate concepts from community economies into their projects and practices. All of them have grappled with the aforementioned questions, both in theory and in practice, over the past decade. This session served as a moment for reflection and reconnection within the community.





  1. Katharina Moebus (Berlin, DE), PhD student, Sheffield University and co-founder of Agents of Alternatives

  2. Gaja Meznaric-Osole (Ljubljana, SLO), co-founder of the design practice Trajna and co-leader of the project space Krater

  3. Flora Mammana (Rovereto, IT), co-founder of the collective Zukunfsarchive (Future Archive) and co-leader of Forno Vagabondo (Roaming Breadoven)

  4. Dr Bianca Elzenbaumer, (Rovereto, IT) co-founder of the design practice Brave New Alps and leader of the Alpine Community Economies Laboratory