The intention of this special issue is to explore the politics of shaping designed environments by navigating the shifting (temporal) relations and conflicts between the “past”, “existing” and the “new”. We invite contributions in the form of design research, (visual) reflections, inquiries, cases – empirical or critical, as well as speculative. We look forward to submissions which unsettle hampering knowledge regimes and break new ground with regard to how practices, methodologies and theories – across binary constructs – situate themselves in, and grow out of, the existing designed environment:
– What critical junctures between the “past” and the “future”, or the “existing” and the “new”, can be taken as starting points in thinking about such transdisciplinary approaches in design contexts? For example, how do societal challenges expressed in the Climate Crisis, such as resource exploitation, energy efficiency, sustainability, circular economy and the Anthropocene shape design politics, strategies and ways of thinking about and doing research in the designed environment?
– How do phenomena such as erosion, breakdown and decay invite the surpassing of disciplinary knowledge silos? What new forms of design practice, inspired by heritage conservation emerge from working in and with more-than-human and material ecologies? This poses the challenge of how to develop effective more-than-human living places and less damaging ways of living, within the conservative constraints of living with what is already here.
– How can situated, more integrated and everyday practices of designing with the past and the existing, challenge cultural, expert-led, institutional demarcations which define access and privilege in the designed environment?
– How does the engagement with the past and questions of maintenance, care, repair, and reuse lead to new and different kinds of transdisciplinary approaches to working with the existing designed environment? How can this, in turn, generate design approaches that strive towards more pluriversal politics, policies and legislation?
More information on the call can be found in the document below.
Editorial team: Liesbeth Huybrechts (UHasselt), Henric Benesch (University of Gothenburg), Mela Zuljevic (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography), Colm mac Aoidh (UHasselt), Dean Sully (University College London), Moniek Driesse (University of Gothenburg).
20/11/2023: First round of submissions (3000-4000 word draft paper)
21/12/2023: First decision on papers and review
08/02/2024: Online workshop to discuss and revise the accepted papers with all authors involved
04/03/2024: Revised papers submitted
04/05/2024: Final decision on papers