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09 NOVEMBER 2013

Design Fiction as Pedagogic Practice: Towards a fictionally biased design education

"My challenge is how to construct and design an educational curriculum that develops the wide range of skills and knowledge it takes to be a designer, whilst opening up a space for our students to push the boundaries of our discipline. By focussing on the speculative and fictional, design is no longer constrained by the practical reality of todays material and economic restrictions. The part of our curriculum that concentrates on the fictional, pulls important parts of design practice into focus; narrative construction, user interactions, representations of affect, communication and contextualisation. We train designers to become fluent in the operational mechanics of their practice."

(Matt Ward, 17 July 2013)

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acting out • Archigram • behavioural trajectories for action • design artefactsdesign curriculumdesign educationdesign fictiondesign futuresdesign proposalsdesign speculationdiegetic • diegetic prototype • discarded designs • engaging stories • experimental design • fiction and speculation • fictional futures • fictionalisationimaginationimaginative storiesimagined possibilitiesimagining • Madeleine Akrich • manifestonew forms of interactionproposalspushes boundariesspeculative designspeculative proposalsSuperstudio • transformative potential • unread • user interactions • vapourware

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Liam Birtles
07 APRIL 2013

Lebbeus Woods: Visionary Architect

"Lebbeus Woods, Architect", February 16 – June 02, 2013, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

"Architect Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012) dedicated his career to probing architecture's potential to transform the individual and the collective. His visionary drawings depict places of free thought, sometimes in identifiable locations destroyed by war or natural disaster, but often in future cities. Woods, who sadly passed away last year as planning for this exhibition was under way, had an enormous influence on the field of architecture over the past three decades, and yet the built structures to his name are few. The extensive drawings and models on view present an original perspective on the built environment – one that holds high regard for humanity's ability to resist, respond, and create in adverse conditions. 'Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules,' he once said. SFMOMA has collected Woods's work since the mid–1990s, amassing the broadest collection of his work anywhere; the exhibition will feature these holdings, as well as a selection of loans from institutional and private collections."

(San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

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Simon Perkins
28 MARCH 2012

Type that behaves: the prospect of autonomous type creatures

"From sketch to final creation for his Biotypography project, Oded [Ezer] wanted to create live, almost cinematic situations where these typo creatures 'act' and 'behave.' He says the most difficult part of the project was the issue of balance – where to draw the line between the insect and the letters.

Biotypography – typo art project depicting manipulated Hebrew and Latin 'Typo creatures.'

'When I saw an ant on the floor of my studio, I started to imagine what would happen if this was a creature half ant and half letter. Wouldn't it be wonderful if nature had invented letters? And then maybe different letter–ants could gather, create words and communicate with us!?'

'I could manufacture a medium wherein typography could develop and evolve into something completely different.'"

(WebUrbanist)

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alphabet synthesisantautonomous • autonomous type • biotypography • Biotypography project • cinematic situations • create words • creaturecross-culturaldesign speculationevolutionevolveexperimental typeexperimental type designexperimental typographyexperimentationgraphic design • half ant • half letter • Hebrew • Hezi Leskly • insectintercultural • invented letters • Latin • letter-ants • letterform exercisesletters • manufacture a medium • nature • new forms of typography • Oded Ezer • primitive logicspeculative designsynthetic-lifetype • type that can act • type that communicates • type that gathers • types that behaves • typo art project • typo creatures • typographertypography

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Simon Perkins
15 SEPTEMBER 2011

The Unknown Fields Division: exploring fictional near-future scenarios

"The Unknown Fields Division is a nomadic design studio that ventures out on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth exploring unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and obsolete ecologies. Join the Division as each year we navigate a different global cross section and map the complex and contradictory realities of the present as a site of strange and extraordinary futures.

Here we are both visionaries and reporters, part documentarians and part science fiction soothsayers as the otherworldly sites we encounter afford us a distanced viewpoint from which to survey the consequences of emerging environmental and technological scenarios."

(Liam Young and Kate Davies)

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a site • alien • alien terrain • architectureartartistic practicecomplexityconsequences • contradictory realities • design fictiondesign speculationdesign studiodistanced viewpointdocumentarian • emerging environmental scenarios • emerging technological scenarios • ends of the earth • environmental scenarios • experimentationexploringextraordinary • extraordinary futures • fictional • fictional near-future scenarios • forgotten landscapes • futurefuturesinterdisciplinary • LiquidFactory • near-future scenariosobsolescenceobsolete ecologiesotherworldlyperformancerealitiesscience fiction • soothsayers • speculative projectsstrange • technological scenarios • the present • Unknown Fields Division • unreal landscapes • ventures • visionaries

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Simon Perkins
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