Gabriele Oropallo is a researcher and lecturer in history of design and technology. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies and Research Design Coordinator at The Cass, London Metropolitan University, and serves as Trustee of the Executive Committee of the Design History Society.
His most recent research project examined design and eco-consumerism as forms of individual action on the environment. He is a Scientific Consultant on a project on Artificial Intelligence hosted by the University of Oslo and supported by the Norwegian National Library. In 2017 he was a co-convenor of the DHS Annual Conference on Making and Unmaking the Environment.
He is a founding member of critical design practices Repair Society and Arquipélagos Urbanos, with which he participated respectively to the Istanbul Design Biennial and São Paulo Architecture Biennial.
He regularly contributes to the design magazine Form and the Bloomsbury Design Library. His recent publications include chapters in books such as Design Culture (Bloomsbury, 2018), Crafting Economies (Bloomsbury, 2018), and Design and Dissent (Routledge, 2019).
KUN4500 – Design in Nature (Spring 2016)
KUN2201/4201 – Design Culture: Ten Things (Fall 2015)
PhD Course – Design History in Practice: Theory, Method, and Materials (Spring 2015)
The Human-Made Condition: Design and Individual Action on the Environment (London: Bloomsbury, 2019).
“The Fixing I: Repair as Prefigurative Politics,” in Guy Julier and Anders V. Munch (eds.) Design Culture: Object and Approach (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).
“People Have the Power: The Implications of Labour-Intensive Making in the History of the Appropriate Technology Movement,” in Susan Luckman and Nicola J. Thomas (eds.) Crafting Economies: Contemporary Cultural Economies of the Handmade (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).
“Techno-Fix,” “Entropy,” “Anthropocene,” “Degrowth,” and other 26 entries in Clive Edwards (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Design, 2nd edition (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).
“Design Thinking: Beyond the Sticky Notes,” Form 276, March-April 2018.
“Plastic Bag: The Making of an Ecological Villain” Form 274, November-December 2017.
“Arcosanti: Grow, Don’t Sprawl,” Form 272, July-August 2017.
“Design in the GDR: How Long Should Things Last?” Form 270, March-April 2017.
22 entries, in Clive Edwards (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Design, 3 Vols. (London: Bloomsbury, 2015).
“Wind-Up Radio, UK/South Africa,” in Grace Lees-Maffei (ed.) Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things (London: Bloomsbury, 2014).
Review of the documentary Design is One: The Vignellis, by Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra. AIS Design: Storia e Ricerche 4 (2014).
“This Way to the Exit: The Re-Writing of the City through Graphic Design,” in Kjetil Fallan and Grace Lees-Maffei (eds.) Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).
“The Secret Language of Objects: Gerardo De Barros’s Industrial Design,” in Fabiana de Barros (ed.) Isso: Geraldo de Barros (São Paulo: SESC, 2013).
“Digital Personal Fabrication: Social Actions, Ephemeral Objects,” in Priscila Lena Farias, Anna Calvera, Marcos da Costa Braga, Zuleica Schincariol (eds.) Design Frontiers: Territories, Concepts, Technologies (São Paulo: Blucher, 2012).
“Design as a Language Without Words,” in Grace Lees-Maffei (ed.) Writing Design: Words and Objects (Oxford: Berg, 2012).
“The Urban Dimension of Graphic Design in Late Modernism,” in Giorgio Camuffo, Mario Piazza, and Carlo Vinti (eds.) Triennale Design Museum 5: Italian Graphic Design (Milan: Corraini, 2012).
“After the Dust Has Settled Over the War, Architecture Turns Into Evidence: In Conversation with Eyal Weizman,” in Donatella Bernardi and Noémie Etienne (eds.) Standing on the Beach with a Gun in My Hand: Eternal Tour Ramallah-Jerusalem (Paris: Black Jack Éditions, 2011).
Architettura dell’Occupazione. Spazio politico e controllo territoriale in Palestina e Israele (Milan: Bruno Mondadori, 2009), translation of Eyal Weizman, Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation (London: Verso, 2007).