Contra-Innovation: Expanding the innovation imperative in the context of futuring, defuturing and fictioning

Contra-Innovation: Expanding the innovation imperative in the context of futuring, defuturing and fictioning

Dulmini Perera & Tony Fry | This paper critically reflects on the problematic relationship between design innovation and design defuturing. By looking at three broader fictions of innovation of the US, China, and Cuba in relation to the question of defuturing, we question the fictions that connect design innovation to reductionist accounts of progress. We also propose a framework in which “fictioning” (second-order) can enable a way of speculating upon “contra-innovation.”

Systemic Design as Born from the Berkeley Bubble Matrix

Systemic Design as Born from the Berkeley Bubble Matrix

Harold Nelson | From the early 60s and continuing into the 80s, an aggregation of exceptional scholars and professionals formed in the UC Berkeley environs, establishing a common bond amongst themselves and with other networks of scholars, students, and professionals globally. This essay is a narrative account of the individuals involved,—starting with a doctoral committee composed of some of the key people entrained in this bubble—of their influences on one another and on the world of practitioner-scholars worldwide continuing through today.

Systemic Spatial Design: Enhancing the potential of spatial design disciplines to navigate adaptive cycles in cities

Systemic Spatial Design: Enhancing the potential of spatial design disciplines to navigate adaptive cycles in cities

Elena Porqueddu | This paper aims to highlight the implications of systems thinking for spatial design disciplines, start framing a new systemic approach to spatial design (which I have called Systemic Spatial Design), and point out how this approach would benefit all the established disciplines related to the modification and construction of the built environment – architecture, interior, urban and landscape design – by enhancing their potential to proactively cooperate with site-specific emergent transformations and to virtuously intervene in spontaneous cycles of urban self-regeneration and decline.