Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Design Ecologies Essay

I've been writing it today. I started reading the essays in the issue (1.2), and was immediately struck by a Latour Litany in the first one I read:

I will present a series of design strategies that generate a spatial complexity informed by the rural environment of a seaside pier, a theatre of the bizarre – a freak show, a chemical photographic process and a cyborg, a storefront in an urban environment. (Yorgos Loizos)

Immediately of course I decided to call the essay “Freak Show Ecology.” I'm enjoying it immensely. My argument? Ecology is a freak show! It's also wonderful to write for designers. As my brief experiences with Cameron Tonkinwise showed me, they are really creative, curious, counter-intuitive people.

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