Functional Diversity as a Politics of Design?

  • Tomás Sánchez Criado Technical University of Munich


This article is an inquiry into the activism around ‘functional diversity’ after the public square occupations of the Spanish 15-M movement; and, more specifically, how, in them, ‘functional diversity’ developed into a repertoire for the politicisation of design (notably, the market of technical aids and accessible environments created according to the social model of disability). To underpin the particular reading of the politics of design —in the sense developed by political philosopher Jacques Rancière— that appears there, I will describe a small collaborative project put together by the Barcelona-based open design collective En torno a la silla.

How to Cite
SÁNCHEZ CRIADO, Tomás. Functional Diversity as a Politics of Design?. Diseña, [S.l.], n. 11, p. 148-159, june 2018. ISSN 2452-4298. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 13 aug. 2020. doi:
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