In the recently published article titled Everything is already an image, John May draws the following logical conclusion: “If the world of the orthographer was simultaneously a text and a drawing, the world of postorthographer is simultaneously an image and a model – an electronic image and an electronic model, signally mapped onto one another.” Perhaps […]
The art and science of designing and erecting buildings. | The art of designing and science of erecting, or the art of erecting and science of designing? The very definition leaves us in uncertainty, blending together art and science, process and its result, objective and subjective.
The analysis and/or design, and/or modeling, and/or simulation, and/or layout of building design with the aid of a computer. | Such a design practice as no other demands active decision making, challenges designer to be creative and logical at the same time.
Expressed in discrete numerical form, especially for use by a computer or other electronic device: digital information. | A digital object, be it a 3D model, text, sketch drawing, algorithm, or photograph exceeds its historical, pre-digital meaning, and allows to be studied, analyzed and modified indefinitely in a quantitative way.
The act of introducing something new. | Perhaps due to the simplicity of this definition innovations are flooding the world. Yet, the term does not account for any quality apart of newness, though it has a strong connotation to technological progress and capital. A symptomatic gnome of our time says “white is the new black” – an introduction of a new color is a genius marketing tool. May it be that the financial aspect makes it different from the modern ‘invention’?
Capable of being continued with minimal long-term effect on the environment. | In the environmental discourse, the term ‘sustainable’ contains all the desirable qualities of a good environmental design. Yet, how can we assess a long-term effect, acknowledging that we can’t afford a 100 years long empirical testing? With all due respect, a popular motto “keep it in the ground” doesn’t help as much as it renders radical the environmentalist’s movement.
The Killing Fields of Inequality, Therborn, G (2012)
Being an architect student in the 80s, at Lund’s University, changed my perspectives upon the world. I understood that, as an architect I was responsible for how people manage their everyday life. Bad architecture, with unclear structures where you can’t find your way, with unpleasant surfaces where you don’t feel welcome are made by architects as well as the good architecture. Good or bad architecture is not black and white as we are all different and have different needs at different times.
As a practicing architect I tried to get the hours in a project, by negotiate with client and manager, so I could work close to the people who were going to use the facilities. When the process went well, it was amazing to see the building standing there with the vision from our collaboration. A vision that had delimitations due to money, understanding between workers and manager etc, but still a vision that came true.
In the same time the society took a new direction. 70s became 80s and countries were supposed to be run as companies; UK with Thatcher, US with Reagan. The capitalistic system was taken for granted by every political party, from right to left. In the building sector it became more important to gain money than to build a society.
When I started to work within academia, 2005, as a senior lecturer I was told that I was too political. As an educator I worked with students in city areas with migrants and segregation. Discussed inequality in the world and how we segregate people. It was to political for some colleagues.
To read Göran Therborn made me feel less alone in academy. There was research that supported that we all live longer and better lives in a more equal world (It may have started with Spirit Level by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, but Göran Therborn made it even more clear to me). Today I have many colleagues and students that share the struggle against inequality. Between 2011 and 2015 we remade our educations in design at Linnaeus University. https://lnu.se/linneuniversitetet/Organisation/fakulteten-for-konst-och-humaniora/mot-fakulteten/design/
We explore together with students how we can become change agents. Design can be part of building sustainable futures. Papanek said: “There are few professions more harmful than industrial design.” Design can make change! Göran Therborn has definitely helped me to explore what a designer and a design education can do.
Elisabeth Grosz in her reading of Deleuze and Guattari (Chaos, Territory, Art, 2008) unpacks how a milieu or a combination of them after establishing relationships give birth to rhythm, and through this form a territory. In other words, there is no territory without a rhythm, no parking territory without a traffic rhythm.
2 Opti-Toxic Narrative
Techno-optimism of digital mobility platforms and traditional automobile manufacturers about autonomous shared fleets of vehicles streaming down the streets of our cities is one of the most pervasive global narratives that proposes an all-inclusive explanation of future mobility. Marco Armieto and Massimo De Angelis in “Anthropocene: Victims, Narrators, and Revolutionaries“(2017) argue that such grand narratives – in their example it is a tale of Anthropocene – make it increasingly difficult to develop knowledges oppositional to “global truths”.
3 Driver Care
Bruno Latour indicates a necessity of caring for the technologies that we introduce into this world. It is not that he uncritically glorifies Sports Utility Vehicles or Aramis transport system that never came into being but rather suggests that prior to demonising “others” there is a responsibility of understanding their concerns (Latour, 1992). Caring for drivers in a climate of pervasive pedestrianisation of cities becomes almost controversial.
4 Movement Parasite
In line with thinking of Michel Serres in “The Parasite” (1980), any parking space is a parasite of the territory that it serves. He underlines the specificity of the parasite that can develop “only in certain organism and is carried only by a certain vector”. Infrastructures of stillness are not random or generic; they appear in very specific places of the city organism, they feed from it. They mark the start points of automobility vectors across the urban body, and slightly alter their directions.
5 The Thing in the Making
A responsible critic assembles and “offers the participants arenas in which to gather”. This is the path of engagement with the “matters of concern” that Bruno Latour suggests in his essay “Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern” (2004). He advocates for the realism of an object that turns into a Thing comprising a myriad of contradicting opinions, concerns and decisions.
6 Navigation Umwelt
Each human subject that moves through the transportation grid constructs a specific environment-world consisting of “carriers of significance” or of “marks”. This personal navigation Umwelt has the same underlying logic as an environment of an animal. One of the founders of the ecology, Jakob von Uexkull, distinguished this notion from the Umgebung, that he defined as “the objective space in which the human being is moving”, free from perceptual.
7 Conversing with the Text
The text reveals and conceals, like any other conversation partner. Understanding it requires interpreting. David Tracy in “Plurality and Ambiguity” (1987) lays down the rules of conversing, questioning and listening to the text to avoid being its passive recipients. The texts of urban planning legislation are repositories of professional values that can tell plenty about societal aspirations and dreams at a specific moment of time. But only if we read and converse with attention and respect.
Maps get a sense of meaning as a thick overlay of information that is brought into relation through a process of gathering and assembling. James Corner in “The Agency of Mapping: Speculation, Critique and Invention” (2011) develops this line of thinking further by illuminating the power of mapping to construct prototypes of futures to consider and debate.
9 Site of Negotiation
In “Why Site Matters”(2005) Andrea Kahn and Carol Burns understand the site as a composition of three areas: area of control, area of influence, and area of effect. They overlap physically and engage in different sets of relationships. By approaching the site as a table of negotiation between different forces – legislative, economic, or cultural – we acknowledge its power to shape the urban fabric.
There is no concept with only one component. All concepts are connected to problems without which they would have no meaning and which themselves only be isolated or understood as their solution emerges.
Deleuze, G et Guattari, F. (1994) What is a Concept? What is Philosophy? New York: Colombia University Press: 15-34
Etymology: Old English tól neuter, = Old Norse tól n. plural (compare Norwegian tøler ) < Old Germanic *tôwlom , tôlom , <*tôw- to prepare, make (cognate with Gothic taujan : see taw v.1) + agentive suffix -lom , -el suffix1.
Anything used in the manner of a tool; a thing (concrete or abstract) with which some operation is performed; a means of effecting something; an instrument.
“tool, n.”. OED Online. March 2018. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/203258?rskey=bj5bv5&result=1 (accessed April 19, 2018).
More than maintenance […] caring as a loving connection […] fostering […] caring relations […] concern of feminist thinking
Puig de la Bellacasa, M. (2011). Matters of care in technoscience: Assembling neglected things. Social Studies of Science Vol 41(1): 85-106.
Care by Volvo: A new alternative to owning or leasing a Volvo car. Welcome to the future of the car experience, where a simple monthly subscription is all you need. This is Care by Volvo – a symbol of our commitment to give you back more time to do the things you love.
Care by me: A mutual agreed action to relief everyday life.
[…] communication which included solving conflict as well as building partnership. Lefebvre understands conflicts in Marxism terms, as a quality and not as a problem.
Schalk, M et al. (2009). Taking care of Public space. Architectural Research Quarterly Vol 13 no 2: 141-149.
There is a chance that a conflict can become a forum for change, when norms are not only repetitiously and performatively re-enacted and re-experienced, but also overwritten and changed.
Schalk, M et al. (2009). Taking care of Public space. Architectural Research Quarterly Vol 13 no 2: 141-149. (Inexcitable Speech. Zum Rechtsverständnis postmoderner feministischer Positionen am Beispiel Judith Butler, inHornscheidt, Antje / Jähnert, Gabriele/ Schlichter, Annette (Hg.), Kritische Differenzen – geteilte Perspektiven, Opladen: Westdeutsche Verlag 1998, 229-252)
Ranking, violates a moral norm of equality […] inequality is avoidable […] morally unjustified […] hierarchical differences
Therborn, G. (2012). Killing Fields of Inequality. International Journal of Health Services, Vol 42, No 4: 579–589
That every person is considered as much as everyone else in a political and often an economical aspect […] Used since 1713, more common since1960s.
(my translation) Nationalencyklopedin, jämlikhet. http://www.ne.se.proxy.lnu.se (accessed 2018-04-12)
Moore P. (2016), industrial designer, gerontologist, author, Keynote Cumulus Conference, Hong Kong
Class is a term that in the social sciences is used to separate people into groups based on economic and social criteria. The concept was established in the 1800s as a basis for both classical liberalism and early socialism. The concept of class has been the most relevant in Marxist theory, where social classes have different roles in or in relation to the production of goods and services. What is in focus is the power over ownership, and in Marxist thought the concept is also a cornerstone of a theory concerning social mobilisation, so-called class struggle, aimed to change the economic power structure in society.
https://www.genus.se/en/wordpost/class/ (accessed 2018-04-12)
Etymology: < late Latin sēgregātiōn-em, noun of action < Latin sēgregāre : see segregate v.
“segregation, n.”. OED Online. March 2018. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/viewdictionaryentry/Entry/174893 (accessed 2018-04-19)
Late Latin segrega’tio ‘separation’, ‘separation’, of Latin ‘grego’ separating (from the flock) ‘), the spatial separation of populations.
Nationalencyklopedin, segregation. http://www.ne.se.proxy.lnu.se/uppslagsverk/encyklopedi/lång/segregation(accessed 2018-04-12)
A high priority issue for the government is to break segregation. The work is done on several fronts and ten ministers work together to reverse the development and contribute to reduced gaps and to create a safe Sweden where we keep together
[…] fundamental human needs are not only universal but are also entwined with the evolution of the species. They follow a single track. […] Fundamental human needs must be understood as a system, the dynamics of which do not obey hierarchical linearities. This means that on the one hand, no need is more important per se than any other; and that on the other hand, there is no fixed order of precedence in the actualization of needs.
http://www.wtf.tw/ref/max-neef.pdf (accessed 2018-04-12)
Is the quiet knowledge really quiet? A vocational practice as a mediator of quiet knowledge, ie such knowledge conveyed through training and socialization into a profession´s tradition. The most important moments in a professional practice are thus quiet, ie contextual, cultural bound, implied and bound to be expressed in skills and talents. One acquires the quiet knowledge by learning to live in a given practice.
[my translation] Molander, B. (1993). Kunskap i handling [Knowledge in practice] http://arkitekturforskning.net/na/article/viewFile/729/673 (accessed 2018-04-19)
[…] The knowing itself is partial in all its guises, never finished, whole, simply there and original; it is always constructed and stitched together imperfectly and therefor able to join with another to see together without claiming to be another.
Haraway, D (1988). Situated Knowledge: The Science question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective. Feminist studies Vol 14 No 3: 575-599
Illustration of Knowledge
based on the text; Gustavsson, B. (2000). Philosophy of knowledge: Three Forms of Knowledge in a Historical Perspective
Participatory design (PD) is an approach where all stakeholders are involved in the design process. Traditional design projects typically include the paying client and professionals within similar and related industries; in participatory design, members of the wider community — from the users who are directly affected by the design, to the local business owners who may be peripheral to it — are also recognised as legitimate stakeholders with the ability to impact the project. The extent of their involvement can range from being passively informed of a project’s development, to actively sharing roles and responsibilities in decision making. While there may be times when informing is a necessary part of the process, we believe that real impact is often made when we intentionally build up a person’s capacity to contribute at higher levels.
http://participateindesign.org/approach/what/ (accessed April 19, 2018).
A succinct definition of action research appears in the workshop materials we use at the Institute for the Study of Inquiry in Education. That definition states that action research is a disciplined process of inquiry conducted by and for those taking the action. The primary reason for engaging in action research is to assist the “actor” in improving and/or refining his or her actions.
Guiding School Improvement with Action Research, by Richard Sagor
We define metadesign as an emerging framework of practice that will enable designers to change, or create, behavioral paradigms
https://metadesigners.org/Metadesign-Introduction (accessed 2018-04-19)
Tham, Mathilda, professor at Department of design, Linnaeus University, Illustration from presentation at JST, Tokyo. 6th of April 2018.
It can be said, that technologies are means of transferring things from the realm of nature to the realm of culture. In turn, technologies constitute industries which extract, process, and machine nature in order to present it as a commodity on the market. These sets of actions, which transform natural things into things with bar codes, are commanded by the higher-level intellectual decisions, usually referred to as the design.
Since the rise of environmental consciousness, proclaimed through the notion of the Anthropocene, a debate around the environment-conscious design was being imposed on the public through the effort of environment scientists such as Michael Braungart. The main thesis of his critique is that the industries inherited from the anthropocentric era do not comply with the basic ideas of the environmental sustainability. When expanded to a global scale, they create a dramatic hazard to the biosphere of our planet.
Obviously, interruption of the industrial and economic development is not a solution to the crisis we are facing. As Braungart suggest, the transition to a sustainable living can be facilitated through a revision of the design approach not merely limited to the performance of a product on the market, but including numerous other criteria deriving from the awareness with numerous environmental and social conditions.
Such a design problem can be represented in a form of a differential equation with hundreds of variables. Thanks to computer aided design tools, a solution to these inhumanly complex mathematical problems can be calculated almost effortlessly. However, the problem one would face when following this method is that such a sustainable product won’t necessarily respond to our habitual modernist expectations of form and function; rather, it’ll be a sudden, unforeseen object, a sustainable artifact. To become a commodity on the market, this noumenon would need to be given sensible and practical qualities. This work of post-rationalization and retrofitting may be seen as a true design challenge of the posthuman design industries.
Method of speculation is a thought experiment that opens to view the complicated variables of the future urban fields, permits to imagine opportunities and come to terms with previously not experienced reality.
The true method of speculation is like the flight of an airplane. It starts from the ground of particular observation; it makes a flight in the thin air of imaginative generalization; and it again lands for renewed observation rendered acute by rational interpretation. (Whitehead, 1929, p. 5)