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Emerging Habitats:
Design as a Worldmaking Agent.

The 39th issue of Temes de Disseny calls on designers working at all scales to explore emerging habitats and the roles of design as a worldmaking agent. Human habitats are made up of ever-changing interactions between physical, material bodies, and social, relational events. Especially in times of uncertainty, design, with its potential for transdisciplinarity and multiscalarity, is ideally placed to identify, mediate and generate new relations between the hard and soft dimensions of human habitats in both urban and rural ecologies, fostering social innovation, political experimentation, and radical imagination.

This new issue will be published with open access, peer reviewed and indexed content. We call for papers (original journal articles, state-of-art reviews, design case studies or pictorials) to gather knowledge regarding the following generic topics:

  • Worldmaking: Many worlds exist as the world we know right now / design’s symbolic and operative apparatuses allow to explore diverse versions of the world / worldmaking enriches our understanding of lived environments and enhances our capabilities to transform them / worldmaking’s task is to multiply plural worlds in the face of global homogenisation.
  • Transition Design: Contributions that explore, propose or exemplify pathways to transition from present states and conditions to long-term desirable futures / Wicked Problems and Problem Mapping / Visioning centred on Political and Governance Priorities/ Socio-Technical systems.
  • Indeterminacy and Openness: how contemporary design negotiates radical indeterminacy / embracing change / temporality / new modes of design authorship / collaboration and co-design / open-ended design processes / play and game-based practices / chance operations / hyperstition
  • Social Innovation, Equity and Empowerment: equity-centred design approaches/ social innovation design practices and non-extractive modes of participation / relational and power dynamics / design and community/the political dimension of agency / creative dissent
  • Material-relational dimensions of habitats: human habitats are simultaneously material and relational / the material dimension of design practices generates affects and these have relational effects on the agents involved in a specific habitat
  • The agency of non-human actors: Relevance of non-human agents in human habitats / Design practices as multispecies endeavours / Biodesign and new models of accountability / systems ecology / complex systems / xenodesign
  • Multi-Cross-Trans disciplinarity: Include all design areas and disciplines: space, product, interaction, service, graphic, material design / foster multi, cross and trans disciplinarity / include all relevant design approaches, from pragmatic to speculative, from reflexive to activist

This number’s Guest Editors will be Mariana Amatullo, PhD; and Roger Paez, PhD.

It will be published on Summer 2023.

Download here the Call for Authors PDF with all the details.

Submit your proposal using this Form (deadline: 29 September 2022).

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