The Criteria Conference

is the first conference on critical and speculative design in the Middle East.

During my time at the MENA Design Research Center, we brought together Beirut Design Week in collaboration with the Sursock Museum, to host Criteria: A Conference on Critical Design. This one-day event explored the theories and practices of critical design, an emerging field dedicated to challenging the industrial underpinnings of design and questioning its continued relevance in our quickly changing world. The Criteria panels brought forward conversations about the theoretical orientations of critical design and its educational applications, as well as critical design as praxis and prototype. The event as a whole aims to connect critical design to other critical turns in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and to distill the value of critical design to this year's Beirut Design Week theme, Is Design a Need?