The editorial team has carefully considered the theme, and would like to see contemporary and current issues of culture and design in this issue of Zeromile. The worldwide cultural climate is experiencing dramatic transitions. The same is occurring nationally in the US and locally in Denver. We challenge the class to explore this tension, as it relates to art, culture, and design. We would also invite explorations of how designers and artists might seek to alleviate this tension or how tension can inspire change around the world.