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Humble Designing: A Future Perspective on the Role of Design in Design for Sustainability
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7806-8150
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2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 18th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production: Towards a Greener Challenge & Evolution in the Framework of the Circular Economy / [ed] Konstantinos Aravossis, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Design has the potential for addressing societal challenges including sustainability by highlighting certain societal issues or even changing existing structures of consumption. One of the primary concerns of design for sustainability (DfS) has been to bring about behavior change towards supporting more sustainable lifestyles. There are a number of potential problems however with this intention of DfS. Behavior change is highly normative, and potentially problematic to address, since there is no obvious agency of designing for norm setting in sustainability. As a reaction towards these concerns, we have been exploring an alternative perspective on DfS by challenging existing power structures and norm setting occurring among the various roles and relations between actors in design processes. We frame this perspective as humble designing to indicate an important yet modest role for design. In order to take this exploration further, we held two workshops with design practitioners and researchers working with DfS in the fields of interaction design, engineering, social sciences and anthropology. In this paper we reflect upon these two workshops in order to understand whether humble designing as an alternative perspective on DfS has potential to contribute in steering away from normative goal-setting so to diversify design for sustainability. The results indicated that there is a need for setting appropriate moments for applying humbleness in a design approach, but also that there is potential for moderating power structures within design processes in order to address normative intentions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
design for sustainability, humble designing, sustainable consumption, societal challenges, norm setting
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Design
Research subject
sustainability; consumer behavior
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141576OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141576DiVA, id: diva2:1155530
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ERSCP 2017, 18th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production, 1–5 October 2017, Skiathos Island, Greece
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Humble designingAvailable from: 2017-11-08 Created: 2017-11-08 Last updated: 2022-08-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Moving decolonially in design for sustainabilities: spaces, rhythms, rituals, celebrations, conflicts
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2022 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Rörandes dekolonialt inom design for hållbarhet : utrymmen, rytmer, ritualer, firanden, konflikter
Abstract [en]

As design attempts to tackle environmental and social issues, it has found itself intertwined with and bound to an oppressive global paradigm that has created the problems in the first place. Consequently, the effort of disentangling design from its current paradigm has been gaining attention under the emerging focus of decolonising design (Mareis and Paim, 2020; Tlostanova, 2017) and design for pluriversality (Escobar, 2018; Noel, 2020). These efforts have argued for allowing various ways of defining and doing design to coexist as a way forward. However, if on one side we have design intertwined with oppressive global structures, and on the other side we have the desire to allow the co-existence of pluriverses of designing, we are left with a gap in between. What are possible openings to move from contemporary design to pluriverses of designing? 

This dissertation tackles this question to explore openings to move towards pluriverses of designing. Building on work done by scholars such as Escobar (2018a, 2018b, 2015), Noel (2020) and Vázquez (2017), this design research program seeks to contribute to decolonising design by providing examples and orientation points to move towards pluriversality. To do so, it uses a practice-based design research approach where practice and moving are framed by the Afro-Brazilian decolonial martial art of Capoeira, which focuses on finding openings to escape from colonial oppression. Capoeira allows us to look at how contemporary design moves in order to identify its flaws and use these as openings towards other ways of designing.

This dissertation moves through several levels of abstraction, taking an up-close look at the entanglement of design and oppressive global structures as a starting point and then moving down in scale through the efforts of Design for Sustainability, decolonising design and design for pluriversality. Reaching the level of focus on situated design action, this work presents a collection of six collaborative movements in the form of academic publications. Drawing on these movements, the work outlines possible aspects for fomenting decolonial design stances to move towards pluriversality and traces the possible implications for doing, writing, teaching and understanding design. The concepts of awarenessing, pluriversal directionality and bringing personal stances into defining designing are proposed as orientation points to move towards pluriverses of design.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2022. p. 263
Series
Umeå Institute of Design Research Publications ; 11
Keywords
Design, decolonization, sustainability, Capoeira, movement, decolonising design, design for sustainability, pluriverse, pluriversality, industrial design
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Design
Research subject
design
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-198656 (URN)978-91-7855-853-7 (ISBN)978-91-7855-854-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2022-09-21, Project Studio (via Zoom), Östra Strandgatan 30, Umeå, 14:00 (English)
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Various pagination.

Chapter 6 and appendix 2 contain appended papers and are not included in pdf. 

Available from: 2022-08-31 Created: 2022-08-16 Last updated: 2023-12-15Bibliographically approved

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