Redesigning design for culture change: theory in the Anthropocene

Light, Ann (2020) Redesigning design for culture change: theory in the Anthropocene. Design Research for Change Symposium 2019, Design Museum London, December 11-12 2019. Published in: Digital Cultural & Education. 12 (2) Digital Cultural & Education ISSN 1836-8301

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Design is low on theory of transformation, which becomes problematic as the practices and outputs of design need to contribute to a culture of planetary adaptation for sustainability. In fact, design itself needs to be (re)designed to enact culture change. To make these shifts, design research can learn from cultural theory that positions culture as evolving and performative. Adopting these ideas helps to reveal the designed-therefore-designable nature of the world, which is a necessary prelude to mobilizing publics. The paper concludes with participatory collaborative thought experiments, influenced by cultural theory, that offer directions for changing design.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: design, Anthropocene, sustainability, theory,
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
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Depositing User: Ann Light
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 14:20
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2022 14:50

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