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Dr. Frederick (Fred) van Amstel is Assistant Professor at the Industrial Design Department, Federal University of Technology – Paraná (UTFPR – Brazil). His PhD thesis, accepted by the University of Twente, maps the contradictions faced by architectural design and service design in contemporary practice. Instead of eliminating them, expansive design harnesses contradictions as a source of change. His recent research is focused on the contradiction of oppression and the possibility of designing for liberation. Among the many projects developed to explore this very possibility, Corais Platform stands out as the best example so far. Created in 2011, it hosts more than 700 collaborative projects associated with the Brazilian digital culture movement.

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