Cumulus conference Bogota 2019: The Day After Design

October 30, 31 – November 1, 2019 Bogotá, Colombia
Hosted by Universidad de los Andes

The Design After

Two decades after entering the new millennium, design is still living a moment of recognition, expansion, integration, seduction and, why not, power! Design has transcended the realm of the tangible becoming a form of thought permeating different processes. But how new is it? Are designers reflecting on its decline? What will happen after design? Upon reflection, all disciplines live by cycles. Design leads to placing emerging issues into debate, without fearing experimentation of languages. Don’t forget that design is a discipline born in a particular historical and social context which goes hand in hand with modernity. If modernity continues to reveal its cracks, it wouldn’t be worth discussing what comes after design? It’s about being razor-sharp and responsible: how would the world be like, after design?

Tracks

Sensing the City, Sensing the Rural

Urban and rural spaces are undergoing a radical transformation in post-digital times, these transformations are driven by negotiations between computational and physical domains. How are negotiations affecting large urban areas and smaller settlements? How can we reinforce connections between rural and urban spaces? With the ever-growing tendency of people moving to cities, rural areas are disappearing? Can we take advantage of technologies to empower the rural landscape? How are we taking advantage of information we are now extracting in both of those spaces? We invite participants to bring to the scope: design projects, design cases, urban and rural planning proposals, new technologies, artistic interpretations to illuminate our discourses and practices related to urban and rural places in present times and in desirable futures.

Somewhere, Nowhere: Wicked Design

Design has become a strategic, progressive and adaptable social process. This process involves singular proposals reacting to its context. Design becomes culturally dependent and therefore challenges more specific, diverse and innovative approaches. Singular narratives deploy projects encountering diversity, to recover the essence of each context. What alternate design approaches allow to propose solutions integrating culture, economy, and environment? How can collective intelligences dialogue with contemporary design processes? How can design methodologies tackle wicked problems?

De-innovation, Fiction, and Autonomy

The articulation between world-making exercises and design methods opens a new set of possibilities reformulating design’s identity. This process activates creative, disruptive and conscious architectural and design practices by applying technological developments and possibilities through ideation and speculation. The result generates spontaneous designs based on efficiency and an intended purpose. The relationship between design and autonomy plays a fundamental role in understanding post-development, provoking a revision and questioning rhetoric innovation.

Design and Counterculture:

Countercultural design is not a product, it doesn’t live in halls or museums. A free and spontaneous design which acts on an immediate social framework. In fragmented societies, it is difficult to identify with a hegemonic position response. Maybe look for the countercultural with an integrative sensibility. In a productive society, counterculture means generosity and exchange, a strategy of social transformation for a space in which dialogue didn’t exist. Designs remind us of another possible world, as the paths that lead us to it. What could be the countercultural position of contemporary design?

Biodiversity-Driven Design

The unique and unexplored world’s ecosystems areas offer an opportunity to spark designers’ imagination and practices in search of new solutions to everyday needs. Moreover, the rapid exploitation of natural resources has accelerated climate change, making us question how can we redesign our relationship with the environment without placing at stake its biodiversity? The intersection between science and design takes research one step further. It allows scientists to question how can knowledge be used to solve real world problems and allows designers to incorporate scientific processes in their design practice, increasing their scope and impact.

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