Cambridge Lecture Response

We don’t find our work as ID students especially political, but as you mention in your responses to the audience’s questions, we make a political move in challenging the modernist mode of accelerating production. The political implications of our ideas are not addressed in the design process, and rarely mentioned in the critique. However, our natural inclination away from manufacturing is a political move. The Technocratic ecomodernists you describe in your lecture respond inversely to modernism – they claim that manufacturing in the modernist mode will eventually become sustainable. As students, we have the foundation for a political claim, but we do not have the evidence, awareness, or vocabulary to support the claim. A more informed political atmosphere in design curricula could empower students to think critically in a new way in the near future.
In your closing remarks you mention that industrial design and architecture could go the way of the dinosaurs as the modernist age gives way to new popular disciplines in the design world. Potential extinction is an excellent reason to infuse design education with political awareness and to foster creative competency in students at a younger age, so as to better prepare society for an uncertain economic future, in which the definition of design may shift radically. In the distant future, a more informed political atmosphere in design curricula could create a buffer between global employment and a chaotic anthropocene. 


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  1. Just to clarify …I was being slightly provocative in suggesting that architecture could go the way of the dinosaurs. It was the GSD at Harvard after all (that highpoint of architectural modernism) and I thought it was at least worth throwing out there as a provocation…..


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