Design Academy Eindhoven’s GEO—DESIGN exhibition platform explores the social, economic, territorial, and geopolitical forces shaping design today, showcasing original research through design investigations by DAE alumni in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum. This archive brings together all 44 unique projects from the four chapters of GEO—DESIGN, offering in-depth perspectives on the references, research materials, and creative processes leading up to the final design outcomes. The archive contains extensive documentation of individual projects, as well as new readings across emergent sets of projects that can be explored through the filters and themes.

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Why are the shelves empty?
Tamara Orjola and The Anderen
COVID-19
supply chain
mapping
rural-to-city
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Naturalised Junk
Minji Choi
multispecies
sorting
diplomacy
Junk
field research
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scenography
The World Through a Webcam
Felicity Morris
COVID-19
social media
internet platfoms
open data
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Ali-Atlas: Mapping Alibaba Diplomacy
Maxime Benvenuto
diplomacy
media spectacle
economic access
Alibaba
publications
Live Streaming
Jing He
social media
advertising
entertainment
fashion
Alibaba
films
scenography
Terabytes per Second
Anna Diljá Sigurðardóttir
diplomacy
EEZ
mapping
internet platfoms
Modern Aviaries
Studiolow
multispecies
adaptive
mapping
Junk
films
field research
scenography
Compute
Schimmel & Schweikle
entertainment
internet platfoms
media spectacle
Junk
scenography
Chiefs of Waste
Dorota Gazy and Shay Raviv
adaptive
sorting
economic access
Junk
mapping
The Best Part of Possibilities: Advertising Made by a Bot
Allison Crank
algorithms
advertising
entertainment
Alibaba
scenography
Low-Cost, Fast-Turnover Design Values
Leif Czakai and Timm Donke
Alibaba
interviews
e-commerce
economic access

Leif Czakai and Timm Donke reflect on the fascinating amount of variability in basic products on the global marketplace.

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Sleeping Beauties
Alexandre Humbert
social media
housing
entertainment
Junk
films
field research
Hello, World!
Alice Guidi
internet platfoms
open data
obsolescence
algorithms
Junk
mapping
publications
The Scars and Buried Secrets of Sand Quarries
Rawad Baaklini and Tiiu Meiner
economic access
obsolescence
mapping
supply chain

Tiiu Meiner and Rawad Baaklini reflect on the friction between official data, on-site realities, and cultural mythologies around sand quarries in three countries.

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The Shadowy Origins of Sparkling Mica
Matteo Dal Lago
interviews
supply chain
economic access

Matteo Dal Lago investigates the points of ambiguity and contradiction in the supply chain of mica.

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The Isolated System of Junk in the Gaza Strip
Ines Glowania
adaptive
social media
mapping
diplomacy
Junk
interviews
TikTok Confessions on Poyang Lake
Yanjin Wu
Sand
social media
interviews

Yanjin Wu studies the economy of semi-legal sand dredging on Poyang Lake through social media.

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Building Relay
Leo Orta
supply chain
media spectacle
obsolescence
tourism
mapping
The Subjective Database of Alibaba
Irene Stracuzzi
Alibaba
open data
interviews
mapping

In Irene Stracuzzi’s analysis, AliResearch creates a positivist image of technological innovation to promote global, ubiquitous e-commerce.

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PEPP¥
Noemi Biasetton
COVID-19
media spectacle
diplomacy
social media
The Artificial Intelligence of Advertising
Allison Crank
Alibaba
advertising
algorithms
interviews

Allison Crank observes a change in AI advertising, from “Buy this product to make your life perfect” to “Make this product perfect for your life.”

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Dash World
Bureau Pas Pareil
Sand
open data
mapping
diplomacy
EEZ
Landscope
Baiba Soma and Romain Laval
tourism
supply chain
diplomacy
economic access
Qin 親 [Hello Friend]
Kiki Mager
supply chain
secondhand
IP
mobile phones
Alibaba
interviews
films
field research
Accumulation: Landscapes of the Plastisphere
Shahar Livne
multispecies
plastic
adaptive
Junk
scenography
The Global Habitat of Algorithms
Arvid&Marie
Alibaba
interviews
algorithms
IP

Arvid&Marie explain that Alibaba, Amazon, and eBay’s unique algorithms act like different species sharing the same global economic habitat.

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An Archaeology of Aviation Superpowers: The Mojave Boneyard
Lara Chapman
aviation
obsolescence
mapping
diplomacy
Junk
interviews
Double 11
Alice Wong
advertising
e-commerce
media spectacle
entertainment
Alibaba
films
Fractional Object
Johanna Seelemann
obsolescence
automotive
media spectacle
clean energy
Junk
field research
films
15” Sand Economy
Yanjin Wu
Sand
social media
supply chain
economic access
The Subsea Space Race for Cable Sovereignty
Anna Diljá Sigurðardóttir
diplomacy
mapping
internet platfoms
EEZ

Anna Diljá Sigurðardóttir dives into the fibre optic cable as the infrastructure for the modern information age and the playing field for new confrontations of national sovereignty.

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Common Sands
Studio Plastique
obsolescence
sorting
secondhand
Junk
mapping
field research
The Float Glass Laws of Demand and Supply
Christoph Dichmann and Elissa Brunato
supply chain
IP
obsolescence

Christoph Dichmann and Elissa Brunato explain the different timespans governing the float glass industry, from sand formation to building use to factory operation.

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A Waste of Energy?
Fred Erik
fashion
obsolescence
clean energy
Junk
field research
scenography
Membranes
Marvin Unger and Jasper Zehetgruber
COVID-19
films
open data
multispecies
adaptive
individualism
One Standard Row House
Alissa+Nienke, Atelier to the Bone, and Kirstie van Noort
housing
plastic
mapping
Junk
scenography
Carry on, and so on and so on
Rawad Baaklini and Tiiu Meiner
obsolescence
tourism
supply chain
Unchecked Chain
Tellurico
media spectacle
mapping
social media
supply chain
Junk
films
E-Hustling East Africa: Online with Alibabara
Timm Donke and Leif Czakai
e-commerce
fashion
economic access
Alibaba
films
field research
interviews
Salaula: The International Trade of Donated Second-Hand Clothing to Zambia
Lotte de Haan
sorting
economic access
Sino-Aricanism
fashion
Junk
scenography
field research
The Transboundary Loophole
Noud Sleumer
mapping
secondhand
mobile phones
adaptive
Junk
publications
The Oceanic Pole of Undefined Liability
Giacomo Nanni & Julian Peschel
mapping
open data
sorting
Junk
Live Streamers as User Advocates
Jing He
interviews
Alibaba
media spectacle
internet platfoms

Jing He believes designers can learn from live streamers, who value their connection to their users over an inherent sense of authorship.

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The Relationship Is No Longer Garbage
The Anderen
plastic
supply chain
open data
diplomacy
Junk
films
Float
Elissa Brunato and Christoph Dichmann
Sand
Crisis\Utopia
Colin Keays
COVID-19
housing
e-commerce
supply chain
mapping
adaptive
The Hidden Design of Hobby-Craft
Martina Muzi
interviews
craft
Alibaba
rural-to-city

Martina Muzi documents 5D Diamond Painting as leisure activity in the West, but labour for women in China’s Taobao villages.

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Anti-Virus Assistant (Ava)
Vincent Thornhill
COVID-19
mapping
internet platfoms
sorting
algorithms
open data
The Global Politics of Jack Ma
Maxime Benvenuto
Alibaba
diplomacy
media spectacle
interviews

Maxime Benvenuto describes the politics of Jack Ma as a post-neoliberal vision of a truly global society.

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Diamond Model
Martina Muzi
Alibaba
supply chain
plastic
economic access
IP
films
field research
Make Up, Made Of
Matteo Dal Lago
supply chain
rural-to-city
diplomacy
economic access
open data
Distanced Bodies
Clara Ormieres and Mathilde Philipponnat
COVID-19
open data
individualism
adaptive
mapping
films
Craftsmanship in Huaqiangbei Electronics Market
Kiki Mager
Alibaba
craft
interviews
mobile phones

In Kiki Mager’s field research in Huaqiangbei, the shop owners work like craftsmen when solving design problems collaboratively.

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Custom Printing 4-metre Inflatable Globe
Irene Stracuzzi
supply chain
open data
mapping
Alibaba
Mutated Industry
Lauriane Heim and Colette Aliman
COVID-19
Alibabaum Sortium: Buyer’s Desire
Arvid&Marie
algorithms
supply chain
e-commerce
internet platfoms
Alibaba
scenography
IP
The Strategy of Jack Ma
Alice Wong
Alibaba
advertising
economic access
interviews

According to Alice Wong, Jack Ma’s strategy is about trust, not sales; people take him seriously because of his vision more than his wealth.

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