Chris Woebken (b. Hamburg, DE) is a design futures researcher and co-founder of the Extrapolation Factory, a participatory futures practice. His work examines the potentials of design for discussing new imaginations around complex social, technological and ecologic challenges. He is teaching at RISD Graphic Design as well as Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Woebken earned an Master’s in design interactions from the Royal College of Art in London. Recently his work was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship, the Shed‘s Open Call grant and a Graham Foundation Individual Grant. His work has been exhibited widely including at the MoMA in New York, NCCA National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow and the China National Museum in Beijing. He has created special commissions for Z33 in Leuven, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and ZKM in Karlsruhe.

Past partners include:

Arts & Culture: Laboratorio para la Ciudad in Mexico City, Local Projects, Dunne & Raby, Goethe Institute, MIT Media Lab - Playful Systems Group, MOS Architects, Strelka Institute, Sagmeister Inc., The Green Eyl, The Living, Van Alen Institute, Walker Art Center, YesYesNo, Z33

Public Sector: NYC Emergency Management, NYC Department of Education, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Red Cross Climate Center, UNICEF

Industry: Autodesk Research, ComEd, Dubai Future Foundation, IDEO, Forum for the Future, Ford Motor Company, frog design, Ginkgo Bioworks, Intel Research, Microsoft Research, Space10

Things I specialize in: 
Participatory Futures Research, Structuring participatory design engagements, Critical & experimental design curriculum and workshop development, Special interest in biodesign and ecology research

email: hello at
studio: 19 Morris Ave, New Lab, 11205 Brooklyn, NY
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