15 mins: CLA Discussion Unit 7: Personal futures
You’ve explored alternative futures based on two critical uncertainties this week focused on career choice and other related uncertainty (e.g., research/practice, corporate/freelance, government/NGO). For one such future scenario, you conducted at Causal Layered Analysis to describe the four layers (i.e., litany, social system & structure, worldview, and myths & metaphors). CLA is a structured analysis tool. What did you learn from conducting such an exercise? On what kind of projects might you use CLA type analysis as a designer?
15 mins: OLI questions
|(1) When and why people started to respect minimalism?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimalism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_Structures_(1966_exhibition) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol_LeWitt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Andre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pawson http://earth911.com/living-well-being/minimalist-lifestyle/|
|(2) How do we reduce wasteful practices in the School of Design?Bottom-up student initiatives? SAC anyone? Studio based initiatives e.g., composting in grad studio.|
|(3) Is this type of lifestyle really sustainable from an economic standpoint? Our economy is built on consumerism and I’m not sure what the alternative would be? Consumerism is a relatively new phenomenon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumerism https://www.ted.com/talks/nick_hanauer_beware_fellow_plutocrats_the_pitchforks_are_coming https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson |
Another perspective:: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-consumerism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overconsumption
What are the worldviews and myths linked to consumerism? What might be the worldviews and myths linked to minimalism?Any of you read Walden by Henry David Thoreau? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_David_Thoreau
Sustainable development https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Business_Council_for_Sustainable_Development http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
|(4) What is the alignment like between finding signs and identifying issues? Do the two words refer to the same idea, or is there a functional difference between them?Signals point to the actual thing in the world.|
|(5) The minimalists still give a lot of importance to products. They imply that having fewer things will automatically help you focus on what is important. Why can’t we have a rich life when we have more products than we necessarily need?“Paradox of choice” Barry Schwartz https://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice|
45 mins: In-class assignment: future signs (make a copy; add your name)
You’ve just experienced some future signs around minimalism, post-consumerism, zero-waste lifestyles, and so forth.
(a) ZERO WASTE HOME LIFESTYLE
- Bea Johnson
- Lauren Singer
(b) MINIMALIST URBAN LIFESTYLE
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Dave Bruno :: 100 item challenge
Liz Wright :: Throw away 1000 things
(c) ZERO WASTE STARTUP: Lauren Singer
(d) MINIMALIST FASHION:
10 item wardrobe (Jennifer L. Scott)
What makes an heirloom? What was a luxury in the past? What might luxury be in a future of zero-waste, local manufacture, minimalism?
5 mins Step 5. Going deeper into future signs (group)
5 mins Step 6. Signal, Issue, and Interpretation. (individual)
15 mins Step 7. Describe the design opportunity and design concept (individual)
5 mins Step 8. Critique your project (pairs)
10 mins 1 Minute reports back what happened in the groups.
Submit homework for grading.
Recap :: In the OLI homework you made connections between future signs, plausible futures, and STEEP forces. Today you went deeper into futures signs. You sought to engage with more future signs from a design perspective.
Homework :: Unit 8 reflection & OLI page 33 “Normative Futures”
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