Friday 8:30 am – 11:30 am (ONLINE)
Have you ever considered how your understanding of design has been shaped and influenced by your own identity: upbringing, culture, heritage? Have you ever thought about the role of design as one of consideration, accountability, and inclusivity to truly contribute to the sustainable futures of our communities and generations which follow? How would that design practice look like? Decolonising design will guide you in exploring the diversity of design in the world challenging the dominant western approach in the history, theory, and representation of the practice of design. It will invite you to reflect on the underrepresentation of nonwestern design theories and their examples in the design discourse. That has resulted in the devaluation of design that does not meet a niche ‘euro-centric’ aesthetic, casting it as low quality, and the power imbalance designers have forcing western methods of thinking while speaking at, not with, communities; contributing to further colonisation. Every week, there will be group discussions exploring non-western design theories and methods, to change the way we think about ourselves, our societies, and our physical environment. Class activities will challenge the understanding of our ecosystems and the ways of looking and practicing design by students, as well as peer-to-peer learning through mood boards, self-reflections, and short conversations on our assumptions of the practice of design. Further, through the revision of videos, design papers, case studies of non-western design theory, practice, and activism, you will immerse yourself in a transformative experience of your learning and practice of design. Questioning your notions of what a design outcome or solution should look like, both aesthetically as well as its process and the role of the designer in it, towards a more inclusive design education, thinking, and practice.