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MSc. Design Research, 2019

This research aims to understand the role of institutions in the formation of design knowledge in Uruguay. By approaching the relation between Uruguay’s current dominant design discourse and the notion of ‘design for development’ from a decolonial worldview.


The study is an invitation to look further into how design has played a role in countries of the global south (such as Uruguay), related
to economic and social structures rather than those of academic disciplines.


This thesis presents a decolonial design stance as a means of understanding that institutional structures have the same importance as the content, attempting to answer the question.

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