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Social Problems are Design Problems is back! This two-day virtual design conference includes a discussion on regenerative solutions, plus some downtime with the cool kids of And A Half.

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What is the future of design for a world in crisis? This question is the premise of design studio And A Half’s latest venture, and the answer is in the name: Social Problems are Design Problems.

“The past few years have been a reckoning for us all. The pandemic and the looming threat of the climate crisis have laid bare the gaping holes in the world that we’ve built. We need to realize that solving the problems of today need total and longterm solutions," wrote And A Half.

Social Problems are Design Problems—or SPDP 2021—is a two-day online conference happening this October 8-9. A ticket costs P850 and it gives you access to all their workshops, lectures, and virtual gatherings, not to mention a toolkit with resources.


This year’s iteration of SPDP is also about regenerative solutions, so the lineup of speakers for the lecture series include a number of experts in circular design economy. This includes Carlo Delantar, co-founder of circular design company Altum, as well as Keiji Ashizawa and Kay Concengo of Ishinomaki Lab & Lamana PH. Also giving a lecture is Bert Peeters of the Philippine Permaculture Association and Pangasinan’s 4th District Rep. Christopher De Venecia.

Meanwhile, the workshop series will feature Anthony Siy, Chief Transport Planner of Pasig City, on designing better series. (Anthony recently spoke to us about what transport could look like in a better Philippines!)

Tickets are limited to 250 attendees, so hurry up and get your SPDP 2021 pass! You can learn more about the speakers and workshops on And A Half’s website.


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