Deem is a biannual print journal and online platform focused on design as social practice.
For Issue Four, “A Sense of Place,” we reexamine the meaning of place, and its making, while considering the emergence of new social landscapes, spaces, and needs.
Issue Four opens with a conversation between visionary artist Theaster Gates—who shares his perspectives around place as the connecting thread in his practice—and Deem co-founders Nu Goteh and Alice Grandoit-Šutka. Gates’s approach to redeeming and sacralizing space as place lays the groundwork for a multitude of other interviews, essays, and interventions that address how we make place from spatial experiences. As always, we welcomed perspectives from contributors of varying backgrounds, interests, and disciplines, and it is our hope that this investigation will help us all think about place in ways both new and old.