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In Designs for the Pluriverse Arturo Escobar presents a new vision of design theory and practice aimed at channeling design's world-making capacity toward ways of being and doing that are deeply attuned to justice and the Earth. Noting that most design-from consumer goods and digital technologies to built environments-currently serves capitalist ends, Escobar argues for the development of an "autonomous design" that eschews commercial and modernizing aims in favor of more collaborative and placed-based approaches. Such design attends to questions of environment, experience, and politics while focusing on the production of human experience based on the radical interdependence of all beings. Mapping autonomous design's principles to the history of decolonial efforts of indigenous and Afro-descended people in Latin America, Escobar shows how refiguring current design practices could lead to the creation of more just and sustainable social orders.
It adumbrates a post-patriarchal, post-capitalist, and non-racist pluriverse, beyond the supremacy of the modern patriarchal capitalist ontologies of ...
Fishpond Australia, Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century) by Arturo EscobarBuy . Books online: Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century), 2018, Fishpond.com.au
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The book asks how we might conceptualise and practice alternative ways of thinking about and remaking a more liveable and just world. Institute PhD candidate Caitlin Finlayson hosted a lunchtime seminar at the Institute on 18 September about the key learnings from Arturo Escobar's 2018 book Designs for the Pluriverse.