Design in the Borderlands
This book makes a significant contribution to advancing post-geographic understandings of physical and virtual boundaries. It brings together the emergent theory of ‘border thinking’ with innovative thinking on design, and explores the recent discourse on decoloniality and globalism. From a variety of viewpoints, the topics engaged show how design was historically embedded in the structures of colonial imposition, and how it is implicated in more contemporary settings in the extension of ‘epistemological colonialism’.
The essays draw on perspectives from diverse geo-cultural and theoretical positions including architecture, design theory and history, sociology, critical theory and cultural studies. The authors are leading and emergent figures in their fields of study and practice, and the geographic scope of the chapters ranges across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Asia, and the Pacific.
In recognition of the complexity of challenges that are now determining the future security of humanity, Design in the Borderlands aims to contribute to ‘thinking futures’ by adding to the increasingly significant debate between design, in the context of the history of Western modernity, and decolonial thought.
1. Design in the Borderlands: an Introduction (Tony Fry and Eleni Kalantidou) 2. China vs China: Conflict and Translation (Tony Fry) 3. Back to the Third World: the Greek Experience (Eleni Kalantidou) 4. Modernity and Design in the Arab World: Professional Identity and Social Responsibility (Samer Akkach) 5. Timor-Leste: Unlearning in Order to Be (Tony Fry) 6. Urban Design for the Global South: Ontological Design in Practice (Paul James) 7. Africa: Designing as Existence (Helder Pereira and Coral Gillett) 8. Counter-Mapping and Globalism (Peter Alec Hall) 9. A Note from Brazil: Looking at the Production of Design Knowledge in Brazil (Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos) 10. Looking from the Other Side of the Street: Youth, Participation and the Arts in the Edgelands of Urban Manchester (Janet Batsleer and Jenny Hughes) 11. An Exchange: Questions from Tony Fry and Eleni Kalantidou and Answers from Walter Mignolo (Tony Fry and Eleni Kalantidou)
In this trans-disciplinary, epistemically disobedient collection an international group of border thinkers reveals the coloniality of design as an overall perceptive mechanism grounded in Eurocentrism and hiding the global imperial claims. They radically decolonize design, opening up its creative dimensions as a tool of ontological transformation of the world and ourselves pointing toward transmodern multiple futures. - Madina Tlostanova, Full Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Design in the Borderlands is a brave effort at enriching the geographies of design. Introducing border thinking to design studies, this collection of essays demonstrates the profound social and political significance of design along and across major issues like modernity, coloniality, sustainability, power and identity in and from a series of loci situated in the creases and at the edges of society, both locally and globally. - Professor Kjetil Fallan, University of Oslo
With its wide geographic scope, its contributions from experts in a range of disciplines, and the variance in theoretical positions, Design in the Borderlands is an exemplary illustration of border thinking in practice. - Specifier Magazine