Design, Ecology Politics - squareDesign/Ecology/Politics: Towards the Ecocene describes a role for design in making sustainable ways of living possible – but only once informed by ecological literacy, critical perspectives and intersectional feminist analysis. Instead, the design industry normatively perpetuates unsustainable development and reproduces social injustices. When design does engage with issues of sustainability, this engagement typically remains shallow due to the narrow basis of analysis in design education and theory. The situation is made more severe by design cultures which claim to be apolitical. Where design theory fails to recognise the historical roots of unsustainable practice, it recreates old errors. New ecologically informed design strategies hold promise only when incorporated into a larger project of political change. Bringing design, ecological and socio-political theory together, this book describes how power relations are constructed, reproduced and obfuscated by design in ways which often cause environmental and social harms. Design often functions to conceal the ecological and social impacts of current modes of production. Revealing these dynamics creates new possibilities for transformative practice. This change-making potential of design is dependent on deep-reaching analysis of the problems design attempts to address. Only ecologically literate, critically engaged and intersectional feminist design will work to create transformative change on a scale that can meet the challenges of the Anthropocene. With this foundation, designers can make sustainability desirable.

 

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