This book explores the work of important authors in the search for a transition towards more ethical design focused on more-than-human coexistence.
In a time of environmental crises in which the human species threatens its own survival and the highest level of exacerbation of the idea of a future and technological innovation, it is important to discard certain anthropocentric categories in order to situate design beyond the role that it traditionally held in the capitalist world, creating opportunities to create more just and sustainable worlds. This book is an invitation to travel new paths for design framed by ethics of more-than-human coexistence that breaks with the unsustainability installed in the designs that outfit our lives. Questioning the notion of human-centered design is central to this discussion. It is not only a theoretical and methodological concern, but an ethical need to critically rethink the modern, colonialist, and anthropocentric inheritance that resonates in design culture. The authors in this book explore the ideas oriented to form new relations with the more-than-human and with the planet, using design as a form of political enquiry.
This book will be of interest to academics and students from the world of design and particularly those involved in emerging branches of the field such as speculative design, critical design, non-anthropocentric design, and design for transition.
Introduction: Notes for a planetary design
1. Notes on Excess: Towards Pluriversal Design
M. de la Cadena & A. Escobar
2. Anticipations of more than human futures
3. Design’s Intimacies: The Indeterminacy of Design with Machines and Mushrooms
4. Growing Materials: Technical and Caring Processes as Rooted Design Practices
5. Learning from Accidental Abundance
6. How would animals and architects co-design if we built the right contract?
I. Farías, T. Sánchez Criado & F. Remter
7. Before the idiot, the poet? Aesthetic figures and design
A. Wilkie & M. Michael
8. Revisiting Empathy by Gentrifying Our Guts: Exploring Design as a Cosmopolitical Diplomacy Practice Through Microbial Fruits of Istanbul
U. Fogué, O. Telhan, E. Gil Lopesino & C. Palacios
9. Design Beyond Human Concerns: A Sancocho-Style Approach
A. Parra-Agudelo & E. Rincón Quijano
10. Furrowing the ‘Maraña’: Designing to sail out of the Anthropocene
P. Hermansen & J. Guerra
"More than fifty years ago Viktor Papanek denounced that design was one of the biggest culprits of the planetary crisis. Half a century later, Design for more-than-human futures: Towards post-anthropocentric worlding, tries to reinvent design by making planet Earth together the object, the means and the end of every design process. The result is a series of original perspectives that our century together will have to extend and develop." – Emanuele Coccia, Associate Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris