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 2.1
the ill defined niche
The ill defined niche begins with the provisional premise that our environment is composed of a multiplicity of ill-defined ecological niches, each of which is a potential home for living and non-living forms. 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. But in that case, what is the connection between the empirical ground, the contingent material support of human thinking, and the abstract ‘designer’ that is the condition for a ‘whole’ of thought?
Human communication as a driver for change in natural processes of our biosphere. Anthopocene is widely acknowledged as a geological time in our environment leading to a reshuffling of species assemblies from local to global spatial scales created in laboratories which enter our ecosystems. New behaviours of ecological systems shift the tellurian dynamics in our biosphere towards 'ecological novelty'. Novelty as a strikingly unusual deprived objective of our experience.
This collection of ideas will aid in revealing the immediacy of the making of design work through what some might consider the relationship between people, environment and space, but what is actually our co-existence with it.
In a broader context it is hoped that the concept of Design Ecologies will constitute the roots of a communicative architecture. With the emergence of burgeoning practices within the field of a non- reductionist, non- localised and non- anthropocentric world-view, opens up the potential for a challenging and ultimately an architecture that is communicative. It is also important to consider that it is not research on the means of how we are going to explore this connection between the environment and us in our built environment. The potential for Design Ecologies is to situate ourselves within the environment we are designing whilst designing, should allow a clarity that supports new methodologies of communication in which we can understand what the relationships are in our environment and our responsibility in questions of a transdisciplinary or postdisciplinary practice.