Decentering Design


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.