Undesign brings together leading artists, designers and theorists working at the intersection of art and design. The text focuses on design practices, and conceptual approaches, which challenge the traditional notion that design should emphasise its utility over aesthetic or other non-functional considerations. This publication brings to light emerging practices that consider the social, political and aesthetic potential of "undesigning" our complex designed world. In documenting these new developments, the book highlights the overlaps with science, engineering, biotechnology and hacktivism, which operate at the intersection of art and design.
Introduction Andrew McNamara, Gretchen Coombs and Gavin Sade 1. ‘What is critical Design?’ Brad Haylock 2. Notes on More-than-Human Architecture Stanislav Roudavski 3. The Un-designability of the Virtual. Design from Problem-solving to Problem finding Betti Marenko 4. Critical Operationality: Energy and Co-Designing Communities (ECDC) by the Interaction Research Studio (IRS), Goldsmiths, London (2010–14) Katherine Moline 5. A Statement for Attending to Diverse Economies Through Design Research Carl DiSalvo 6. ‘I prefer not to:’ Anti-progressive Designing Cameron Tonkinwise 7. Speculative Design as Research Method: From Answers to Questions and "Staying with the Trouble" Anne Galloway and Catherine Caudwell 8. Inhabiting Practices: Operating between Art, Design, Science and Technology Leah Heiss 9. A finger pointing at the moon: Absence, emptiness and Ma in design Yoko Akama 10. Hacking the Semiosphere: The Ad Hoc Atlas: A Manifesto as Manifestation of Undesign, V5.3: An exercise in reflexive (and recursive) design practice about design by design Joshua Singer 11. (Un)Design, Commerce and Artistic Autonomy: Site-Specific Art in China Xin Gu and Justin O’Connor 12. Bridging counter-culture grass-roots initiatives with design Spyros Bofylatos 13. Undesigning Borders: Spaces of Borders and Counter-Practices of Looking Mahmoud Keshavarz 14. Natural disasters, undesign and the absent interior Kirsty Volz 15. ‘Imagination wove this flesh garment’: fashion, critique and capitalism Kathleen Horton and Alice Payne Epilogue: Out through the Indoor: Some Notes on the Undesign Process Gretchen Coombs Index
"Reading Undesign will undesign you. These essays collectively confront, challenge and stall the trajectory of design. Resisting the impetus to redefine design, which just perpetuates it as a concept, Undesign effects a pause and opens up the conditions – and imperative – for practitioners, educators, academics and students to re-consider design and the world differently." - Suzie Attiwill, Associate Dean Interior Design, School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University