Performative Research: Designing for Social Change

Interactive exhibit
Malaz Elgemiabby

In 2015, Malaz embarked on a task to design a new orphanage for abandoned children born outside of wedlock in Sudan. The brief from the management outlined the program and requirements. However, after careful investigation, she discovered that a far more important problem was overlooked in that brief: half of the babies admitted die within the first week due to the condition of their abandonment. This session will explore the creative research and design process that resulted from the many challenges this project faced—such as social stigma and mapping the abandonment journey—to design a better solution to the problem.