Design Ecologies is an international transdisciplinary peer-reviewed design journal which is published through intellect books. This burgeoning field has the potential to become a far-reaching discipline, bonding a community that crosses over into and out of architecture, environment, interaction, urbanism, performing arts and communication. Updates at: http://designecologies.tumblr.com/
Design Ecologies 3.1
deluge of alacrity
Deluge as a series of works that present a possible future, images of unprecedented catastrophe and collapse, of certainties and values distorted beyond repair or retrieval, and to craft them with the conviction of the seen; the unseen through the swirling devilish bombardment of objects in a sublime frenzy of forces in the whimpering, emotionally-exhausted wasteland of the twenty first century. Through the hysterical oscillations of implosion and explosion there will be a prophecy of planetary exhumation or ecological deluge.
Through the deluge of urban compression can we reveal architecture as alive, alive in the real sense, waiting to let loose its sentience of the relic. Buildings as relics, bypassed by the leading edge of change in urban compression through the absence of physical space.
For growth in economics you move towards efficiency. But the biosphere isn’t growing. On the one hand, it’s politically impossible to stop growth. On the other hand, it’s biophysically impossible to continue it ad infinitum. So, which impossibility is fundamentally impossible?
An example of this is that more and more each year we live in an urban world, rising almost a million each week, and already generates more than 80% of global output. From the UN report on sustainability, world cities are responsible for about 70% of emissions, yet only occupies only 2% of the planets land cover. By 2030 urbanisation will be 59% of the worlds population with increases in transport use, heating and cooling homes and offices. This is also accompanied by increasing warm spells, number of heavy down pours, number of areas affected by drought and the increase of the incidence of high sea levels. People gravitate towards cities, but what are cities gravitating towards to? Themselves?
The inhibited synthesis of growth in economics and urban compression has particular consequences on form in design. Not only physical form, but our understanding of form made up of material and unknown material. Through an understanding that objects cannot be fully explained in terms of their material constituents and the energy within them, objects seems to be something over and above the material components that make it up, but at the same time it can be expressed only through the organization of matter and energy. This paradox allows burgeoning design practices to go beyond shaping geometry, to shaping the internal structure of material. Designed pieces need to breakdown quicker and collapse the artificial into the natural. The future has become immanent, and skin-tight.