Designing Environmental Relations: From Opacity to Textility

Written by on May 12, 2016

We are surrounded by thousands and millions of objects every day that are designed to fulfill our daily needs and often even extended versions of our original human needs. They give comfort, entertainment, luxury or work as a tool to form an identity. But what about the identity of all these things? In a world full of brands and labels, how involved are we with the material of our clothes, our technologies, our goods?

New consideration of the material culture opened a partly heated discussions about the role of things in our society. Anthropologist Tim Ingold and the design and manufacture Professor Mike Anusas connect their fields in a short discussion about the “depth of our material involvement with the world around us”. They pinpoint the importance of seeing objects not as a fixed point or end product but as a mediation between people, as intergenerational material intervowen in the processes of transformatio. This gives an understanding of why for example architectural designs can lead to more sustainability or the opposite: detach us from our understanding for the environment.

Instead of designing new eco-labels, how about new designs of houses, parks, cars and any other object that carry all the information of their origin and actual material?

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