Decentering Design

DIS2023 Poster Presentation

Decentering Design is a non-human centered design framework (under construction).

Terra Forma

One of the most important and oldest tools to visualise the world are maps, and in the stylistic and informational choices made, they define how we understand the world and interact with it. The authors and mapmakers of the book Terra Forma criticise the human-centred focus of the standard cartographic methods and propose 7 alternative models, all focusing on ignored qualities of the landscape. 
Frédérique Aït-Touati, Alexandra Arènes and Axelle Grégoire

The developed maps do not aim to help us conquer and dominate these overlooked aspects; on the contrary, they reveal the world as fluid, living, and ungraspable. In exploring and translating these speculative maps to specific case studies, we slowly learn that mapping is a subjective act. Only by decentering the human in our mapping can we move towards a multispecies world.
Towards entangled journeys

Post Human Architectures

In the book Post, Human Architectures, Leveratto explores 9 diverse cases and proposes to understand them, even though almost none of them entails a conscious or explicit attempt to realise a posthuman habitat, as archetypal models of posthuman design. 
Jacopo Leveratto

 From David Henry Thoreau’s cabin, Cedric Price’s Aviary to the Korean Demilitarized Zone: by reading these projects from a multispecies perspective we come closer to understand which architectural tools and processes can help designers shape the coexistence between humans and other species.