Great little thought-provoking write up, even if I’m not following the Occupy stuff, I still like what the editorial is saying.
Architecture is capable of mounting a profound critique of the status quo. In doing so, it can also model partial worlds and offer up these models for public discussion and disputation. Not perfect worlds, but possible ones.
I was recently written up as an “public space activist”. It’s not a term I find comfortable, except it’s growing on me more, as I’m starting to see powerful design is like trendy activism that is fighting for a cause/value/idea. Designers are activists if it means having the guts to stand up for something.
Occupy Design = http://occupydesign.org/