“Do you dwell?” is the question I ask students of this course.“What is the meaning dwelling?”, I ask.
Above all, how are we to approach a project for dwelling in this era of sweeping changes and contaminations, of technologies and materials so intelligent we could actually manage to free form from the weight of matter?
What meaning is assumed by the form of design when it confronts a society in continuous state of transformation according to indefinite aesthetic experiences?
Now that we can do anything, what will we do?Answers may lie in the conception of the field of Design as a model capable of imagining and visualizing a rich and sustainable future and working concretely to realize this vision.
Design becomes a tool for investigating and exploring solutions to problems which may instead prove to be opportunities and develop new possibilities.
The practice of changing things does not have to with the world of design, but with the design of the world, intended as a general system and not as a linear sum of parts and components.
Statistics and demographic analyses forecast that in the coming decades the majority of the planet population will live in an urban environment. Many of this metropolises have yet to be established, while others are currently under construction. Objects, furnishings and utensils all partake in the construction of the built environment, as much as architecture. The result is that urban forms and ways of live in new cities will determine the global degree of sustainability or unsustainability of the society of the future. If it is true that the present inherently contains the premises for diverse possible futures, then how we dwell tomorrow will be constructed using what is produce today. Designing from the idea of “living well” does not signify the unlimited possession and consumption of resources, but investigations of the possibilities a product can offer. It also intersects the social dimension of design which is capable of regenerating the qualities of the environment.
DO YOU DWELL?
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